Class Projects on the Maya

Here is the chance for children to show off their wonderful work on the Maya! Is your school up here?

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Maya Pyramids

Birdwell Primary School, Bristol

Crossley Street Primary School, Leeds

Windmill Primary School, Batley



St Paul’s CE Primary School, Manchester



Dundonald Primary School, Wimbledon


Melling Primary School, Liverpool


St Catherine’s RC Primary School, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Blocks of Plaster of Paris that were moulded by being placed in ice cube trays – what a wonderful idea!


Torridon Junior School, Catford – artwork by Tiana and Sophie

Temple Grafton Primary School, Warwickshire

Prospect Vale Primary School, Cheshire

This is what I call a pyramid! I am sure the Maya gods would have approved of these! Wonderful!

Framfield School, Framfield

Look at these pyramids…one looks edible!


James Dixon Primary School, Kent

A great visit to James Dixon Primary School, Kent – look at all these wonderful things the children have made on the Maya!  Beautiful pyramids……


Edgware Primary School, Edgware

Pyramids made of sugar cubes from Edgware Primary School


Our Lady of Sion School, Sussex

Pyramids made out of cake – yum!


East Wichel Primary School, Swindon

Yes, this is edible too!

Butler’s Court School, Beaconsfield

A wonderful looking pyramid from Butler’s Court School, Beaconsfield


Bathford Primary, Bristol

Chesham Primary School, Bury



Torridon School, Catford


St. James’s Catholic Primary School, Twickenham

St Mary Magdalen’s Junior School, London


Maya Pyramid

Holy Family School, Bristol


Cuthbert Mayne School, Surrey




Maya Masks


St. Phillip’s RC Primary School, Salford

Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe



Theydon Bois Primary School, Epping



Dundonald Primary School, Wimbledon



Ryde School, Hatfield

Temple Grafton Primary School, Warwickshire

Impressive looking masks!

Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Northampton

Colourful masks from Year 6 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Northampton


James Dixon Primary School, Kent

A great visit to James Dixon Primary School, Kent – look at all these wonderful things the children have made on the Maya!

Brittania School, London


Bowburn Junior School, Durham

Holy Family School, Bristol


Wellow Primary School, Hampshire


Faldingworth Primary School, Market Rasen


Dovedale Junior School, Liverpool

How colourful!


Maya Headdresses

Bengeo Primary School, Herts


Woodfield Junior School, Wolverhampton

A very impressive headdress fit for Maya royalty!

Petts Hill Primary School, London

Great headdresses made by the children at Petts Hill Primary School!


Bowburn Junior School, Durham

Chesham Primary School, Bury


Marus Bridge School, Wigan


Middlemarch Junior School, Nuneaton


Dunhead Preparatory School, Wimbledon

Here we have Maya headdresses made by Year 3 at Dunhead Preparatory School, Wimbledon


Maya Blouses (huipiles)

Windmill Church of England School, Oxford

A Maya woman wearing a huipil, given to me by a child at Windmill Church of England School 🙂


Grindleford Primary School, Derbyshire

Here we have some beautiful huipiles – Maya blouses that Class 3 from Grindleford Primary school in Derbyshire have drawn.


Maya Stelae

St. Catherine’s Primary School, Newcastle Upon Tyne


Torriano School, London

Wonderful drawings of the Maya, the first one is by Rosa!


Grindleford Primary School, Derbyshire

Here we have some work by Class 3 – their own stelae – monuments celebrating, well themselves! They look great!


Maya Chocolate Drink

Year 6 from Lomeshaye Junior School, Lancashire making yummy chocolate drinks!


Eaton Valley School, Birmingham


Cuthbert Mayne School, Surrey

A chocolate pot fit for royalty!


Board Games

St Theresa’s Primary School, Leeds

An extremely “utz” board game made by Imogen – well done!





Lomeshaye Junior School

Another stunning project created by Year 6.



Bournehall Primary School, Herts


Maya Houses, Shops and Cities


Valley Primary School, Bromley

How about the Maya universe!


St Nicholas C of E School, Taplow

Here we have a Maya ballcourt – how impressive!



St Catherine’s Primary School, Newcastle Upon Tyne

A Maya house made out of matchsticks 🙂


Rosehill Primary School, Rotherham

This is outstanding!

Prospect Vale Primary School, Cheshire



Perry Hall Primary School, Orpington

Something quite unique – a Maya Beauty Salon!



Maya Pots

Cuthbert Mayne School, Surrey

Wolf Fields Primary School, Southall

Here we have the makings of chocolate pots from Wolf Fields Primary School, Southall – I would love to see them when they are painted!

Maya Weaving

St. Peter’s Primary School, Bolton

Temple Grafton Primary School, Warwickshire

St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Wokingham

An example of weaving at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Wokingham

WeavingSt. teresas


The Maya Rainforest

Torriano School, London

Quetzal birds

Middlemarch School, Nuneaton

St. Peter’s Junior School, Nottingham


Maya People


Lomeshaye Junior School, Nelson

The always innovative Year 6 (and of course their teachers!) have made their own version of the Maya worry dolls, which includes their own worry tree where they write down their worries and how they solved them 🙂


Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe

Quite a work of art!

Lavender Primary School, London

Pretty impressive!

Britannia Primary School, London




Capenhurst Primary School, Chester

A wonderful worry doll!



Lomeshaye Junior School, Lancs

Quite an interesting looking worry doll!




Thornton Dale Primary School, York



Ley Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe


Ryde School, Hatfield

Maya Gods


St. John’s RC Primary School, Manchester


Woodfield Junior School

Display of Guatemalan Kites and Calendars – wonderful!


Dovedale Primary School, Liverpool

Gomer Junior School, Gosport


James Dixon Primary School, Kent

A great visit to James Dixon Primary School, Kent – look at all these wonderful things the children have made on the Maya!  Finally, displays…


Huntingdon Primary School, Chester

Work created by Year 5 and 6 at Huntingdon Primary School, Chester.


Westover Primary School, Portsmouth

Posters created by Year 3 at Westover Primary School, Portsmouth


Mapperley Plains Primary School, Nottingham

A Display from Mapperley Plains Primary School, Nottingham



St Mary Magdalen’s Junior School, London

The pictures below show some of the work from Year 5, St Mary Magdalen’s Junior School, London. Very impressive!


Creative Writing


Grange Primary School, Ealing

These are wonderful diary entries of being an archaeologist.


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St Vincent’s Primary School, Warrington

The John Locke Academy Primary School, Uxbridge

Newton Primary School, Chester

Wonderful Maya codices!

Grange Farm Primary School, Coventry

Windmill Primary School, Batley

A wonderful biography of Dr Davies by Sophie

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Lomeshaye Junior School, Lancashire

The children here create the most amazing work – see below:

Another biography:

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And there’s more – a wonderful codex all about me!



More biographies…

Pottery Primary School, Derbyshire

Wonderful guides to the Maya!






Bournehall Primary School, Herts

Cuthbert Mayne School, Surrey

Write a persuasive letter….why we should be learning about the Maya in schools


Our Lady of Sion School, Worthing

Create your own Maya codex

Torridon Junior School, Catford – Tiana, Savannah and Denisha

Dovedale Junior School, Liverpool

From what was it like to be a Maya child to a child’s diary….

West Park Primary School, Wolverhampton

A Day in the life of Dr Diane Davies by Joshua

“Woken up by the deafening scream of the howler monkey, that gave me a heart attack, I dared to peek out of my tent. No-one in my team had told me about this terrifying noise. I finally had the courage to look out of my tent and guess what! It was a cute little monkey with the howl of King Kong.

Now I had to go out of my tent to have a shower. All I had was two old disgusting milk bottles; also I had a revolting bucket with insects found in your nightmares. Walking to the filthy river, I had to use its water because it was the only water we had. After I finished my shower me and my team set off to explore the depths of the San Bartolo rainforest site in Guatemala.

Surviving in the 38 degree heat was tough but I had my lifesaving bandana. It cooled me down and made me carry on. Pushing and shoving through the jungle, I finally found a good place to excavate. Before excavating anywhere, I have to place a spirit level, which makes me dig in a straight line. After hours of taking pictures and digging, I finally found the beauties that the Maya has to offer. A pot! A broken pot. This was the first artefact I have ever discovered.

I had to go to my laboratory and do the most boring part – analysing and report writing about the artefacts! After writing my report I finally get to rest until the night. Shaking my tent viciously, I have to check for scorpions and if there are none, I get to sleep!”

Dr Diane “This is wonderful Joshua. You remembered a lot from my talk, especially the dreaded scorpions!”


A Day in the life of Dr Diane Davies by Gvido – A Diary Extract

“Dear Diary,

I was woken up by a loud weird sound that came from nearby my tent. I peeked out and saw a cute, little howler monkey. Nobody warned me about them but now I know!

Walking to work, I made terrible, loud sounds to make any animal scared because if they are near me they might hurt me; especially ferdelance snakes. When they bite you they can kill you, but if we had anti-venom, we would survive the bite.

The last person who touched the pot I found today was a Maya. I felt really happy because it is special to the Maya and the first thing that I found.

After my journey home, it rained. I ran quickly to the village. I was scared of the mud that the rain would cause. After a while, I went to the shower to wash because of the rain. The bugs were climbing on me, it was disgusting. Then I went to the toilet, more disgusting.

What a day!”

Dr Diane: “An excellent diary extract Gvido, well done!”

A Day in the life of Dr Diane Davies by Wiktoria, Year 6,

“Screeching howler monkeys woke up Dr Diane Davies. Creeping out of her dark tent, she looked around; the dreadful noise had sounded like King Kong! Relieved, Dr Davies walked over to her colleagues. Walking to the ‘dining room’, she sat down with a sigh, ate her breakfast, (beans, eggs and rice, as usual!) and went out to her tent. She dressed, wet her bandana and put it on.

They all jumped into their jeep and drove towards their usual site. Five hours later, they arrived. Getting out of the jeep and getting down into a room, they dug up, she started excavating.

Despite only working for a few minutes, she was already sweating (the temperature was 35-38 °C). After discovering something (or not) she goes to analyse the pots she has collected. Finding out about what the things on them mean is the hardest thing for her; although a friendly pisote is always around keeping her company.

Eventually, she gets to go back to the camp and can take a shower. Usually, showers are warm, and, after you take one, you don’t stink as if you’ve showered in mud. Unfortunately, Dr Davies’ shower does. The water comes from a river (is very cold) and is full of bugs, the toilet is so bad you cannot even go in there without feeling sick!

After eating, everyone watches a movie in the ‘cinema’ or plays a game like football.

Eventually, they go to their tents and go to sleep (first checking for scorpions!)”.

Dr Diane: “This is great Wiktoria, you really brought the Maya jungle to life!”

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, Herts

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Year 6 pupils at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, Herts and afterwards they wrote wonderful biographies about me, such as this one – thank you!


Discovering the Maya with the Maya Resource App

Brookland Junior School

Children from Brookland Junior School using the magical Maya resource that I created with Computeam and London Grid for Learning!


Thank you letters

I received many letters from children thanking me for visiting them and telling me about all the things they have learned.  A few examples are below:

Birdwell Primary School, Bristol

Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe


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Bournehall Primary School, Herts


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Pottery Primary School

I even received flowers!

St. John’s RC Primary School, Manchester

Capenhurst Primary School, Chester


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Pottery Primary School, Belper


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Temple Grafton School, Alcester


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Leys Farm Junior School, Scunthorpe

More here


Dundonald School, Wimbledon

Castlemorton School, Worcs

I received some lovely thank you letters from Year 5 and 6 at Castlemorton School – in itself, it is a good writing exercise!  More here


Lympstone Primary School, Devon

Dear Dr Diane,

Thank you, Dr Diane, for coming in to tell us about Maya people and how you discovered facts about their culture and what you found there. For example, their kings always had jaguar skin with them because it represents power and how the howler monkeys woke you up at 5 am in Guatemala. Also, when it rains it takes 30 hours to get to the closest village. We hope you enjoy reading our diary entries, about what it would be like to live in the jungle like you. We all really enjoyed you coming to teach us all about the jungle.  From Class 6, Lympstone Primary School, Devon.

Click here to read some of Year 6’s diaries about the Maya jungle


West Park Primary School, Wolverhampton

A recount of our morning with Dr Diane Davies by Hashim

“This morning was epic! A real archaeologist came to us and year five! Did you know she is the only British Maya archaeologist in the UK!

We went into the hall where everything was set out and we learnt about all of the adventures she has had. Her name was Dr Diane Davies. Firstly she told us all about the architecture/artefacts she has gathered which are related to the Maya. She has found pieces of pottery, Maya tools and loads more! Disturbingly, she had to spend three months at a time in the jungle, but eight years in total. This was where she found all the artefacts.

There was a huge site, which Dr Davies excavated at San Bartolo. Using trowels, pick axes and normal brushes to break stone, brush dust and dig in soil. Secondly she gave us extra information about the Maya and how they lived. The jungle was the hardest place to live. Even the Maya knew that BUT they still chose that area! Hard-core aren’t they? You think that the jungle is a nice place to live with all the wildlife and plants. Think again!! The jungle is a hard place to live in.

Well at least Dr Davies and her crew managed there, even though they did not have proper toilet service. Imagine that!”

Dr Diane “Hi Hashim, I am glad you enjoyed my visit, have fun learning about the Maya!”