Online Streaming Service

It is a real pleasure for Dr Diane to share with you her expert knowledge on the Maya. She is extremely passionate about her specialism and so has created interactive videos for schools to use as well as offering live question and answer sessions during this difficult time. It is just as if she was with the children themselves!

Dr Diane at the Maya city of Tikal, Guatemala

These videos can be watched in class, or at home on a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.


Thank you so much for all your hard work in putting the online workshop together, I know Oak Class got so much out of the day on Friday and the Live Qu and A.  The day was amazing!   

Joseph Ockelford, Fordcombe C of E Primary, Tunbridge Wells

Maya Workshop

The workshop consists of the following videos that can be streamed for 1 month and can be used with any number of classes within your school:

1. Presentation (1 hr 20 mins of class time required)

Dr Diane presents with images, audio and video clips of 1) how archaeologists gain an understanding about the past from only the material remains, 2) the magnificent achievements of the Maya in architecture, art, calendar, astronomy, writing and chocolate, 3) what it is like to work as an archaeologist in the Maya jungle and 4) some of the artefacts Dr Davies has discovered and how she uses them to understand more about the Maya. Throughout the presentation, Dr Diane asks children questions and gets them thinking about history.


An example of the many videos Dr Diane shows during her presentation.


We thoroughly enjoyed the ‘live’ workshop last year, but Dr Diane has done a great job of transferring all that information to a virtual experience.  So far we have watched the presentation which was excellent and really whetted everyone’s appetite. She is a really engaging presenter!

Claire Edgar at Hollymount Primary School, London

2. Historical Enquiry with Artefacts (1hr class time required)

Dr Diane displays over 20 artefacts from her collection. Children are quizzed on each one and answer what the object is made of, how it was used and who it may have belonged to. Dr Diane gives the answers for each object explaining how it was used in Maya life.


The workshops are amazing! The children are loving the work that they’re doing (and are loving listening to someone other than the teacher for a while!)

Sara Parker, Grange Primary School

3. Maya Maths Activity (45 mins class time required)

Dr Diane explains in detail how the Maya number system works, for numbers under 20 and also for numbers up to and over 800. She will give exercises for the children to complete with answers. Children will then look at Maya addition and subtraction with examples and quizzes. Finally, children will look at an ancient Maya codex (paper book) and try their hand at working out the numbers on this.


Thank you for creating such fun videos. I loved them and they were so interesting.  You have taught us so much about the Maya! They must have taken a long time, you must have been exhausted afterwards!

Yr 4, Witham Hall Prep School, Lincolnshire

4. Maya Calendar Activity (55 mins of class time required)

Dr Diane explains in detail how the Maya calendar works and also provides her own Maya calendar resource, so that children can make their own Maya calendar to keep.  Teachers will be given a calendar conversion booklet that gives our dates and the Maya dates in real-time, so that the class can work out what the Maya date is for today and also future dates. Finally, with Dr Diane’s resource, children using their birthdate will find out what their Maya spirit animal is. 

5. Live Question and Answers (30 mins)

Dr Diane will be available in real-time using the platform of your choice to answer any questions children and teachers may have about the presentation, artefacts, activities, the Maya, archaeology or rainforest in general. If you have more than 1 class, for an additional fee, you can have several Live Qu and A sessions.

Thank you for the exciting Qu and A meeting today. We are very lucky to be able to speak to an expert. You have inspired so many of us to want to be archaeologists in the future and to visit the rainforest!

                                                                                             Yr 4, Witham Hall Prep School, Lincolnshire


Alternative Option

These are stand-alone videos so schools may choose just one or more of the videos to stream at a lower cost.

  1. Presentation
  2. Artefacts Activity
  3. Maths Activity
  4. Calendar Activity
  5. Live Qu and A


Found in my bag after giving a workshop to Year 5 at Torriano School, London