Year 6: Oak Class

Maya and Mexico


Main objectives

-Describe the changes as humans develop to old age

– understand the physical and emotional changes which occur in puberty.


  • Create charts and graphs based on different gestation periods of animals

Order, compare and convert lengths and masses of human babies as they grow


  • Know what the word ‘civilisation’ means.
  • Understand the term ‘Meso-America’ and locate this area on a map.
  • Place the Mayan empire on a timeline.
  • Know some of the common beliefs of the Maya.
  • Use evidence left through buildings to find out about the Maya.
  • Investigate Stephen’s and Catherwood’s work to find out about Mayan life.
  • Learn about everyday life in Mayan times.
  • Look at the Mayan use of time.
  • Learn about the Day of the Dead festival and how this originated in Mayan times.
  • Understand some of the reasons why the Mayans disappeared from their cities in AD850.


Cross Curricular:

Write a day in the life from a Mayan perspective.

Write a booklet about Mayan beliefs

Write about Stephen’s and Catherwood’s work on the Maya

Write a diary/letter/postcard about a Day of the Dead festival

Write an advert for a Day of the Dead festival

Write an explanation of why the Maya disappeared from their cities

Write a letter from an invader arriving at Meso-America for the very first times

Write instructions re sacrifice

Write an eye-witness account of a human sacrifice

Solve problems using Mayan number systems

Read and complete timetables about everyday life in the Maya.

Solve measure problems about Stephens and Catherwood’s archaeological work/distances travelled.

Fraction problems based upon cooking quesadillas.

Geography: AMERICA

  • Locate North and South America on a map.
  • Identify where Mexico is on a map.
  • Identify and locate the environmental regions of the North.
  • Know the key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities of North and South America.
  • Focus on Mexico City and compare the similarities and differences between Mexico City and London, looking at work, population, city size, climate, land use, dwellings etc.


Cross Curricular:

Write a report contrasting Mexico city/London

Order and compare population sizes of cities in N and S America.

Construct graphs and charts based on data about S and N America.

Write a simple guide to Mexico.

Write a report contrasting life in Mexico city to life in London.

Write a recipe for making pizza.

Write a story for a blues/jazz song.

Create own blues/jazz lyrics.



Main objectives:

-describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system.

-describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth.

-describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies.

-use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.


  • Order and compare the radii of objects in our solar system
  • Use translation skills to describe the position of the sun as it moves through the day.
  • Read, write and compare the circumferences of planets in our solar system
  • Write a biography about Ptolemy, Alhazen or Copernicus.

Write a fact file on Galileo