Chiapas, in the south-east of Mexico, is one of the most plentiful states in the country, with more different animals and plants than nearly anywhere else in the world. Jayne Constantinis explores the area and the changes that have happened, looking at the ruins of a once lost city. We meet the modern Mayan population of the Lacandon rainforest and find out about their lives as subsistence farmers.

First broadcast:
15 June 2007

The clip could be used to provide a stimulus into researching and looking at the ancient Mayan civilization. Children could look at all aspects of the Mayan way of life including agriculture, pottery, calendar making, hieroglyph writing and mathematics. They could create a mini project book detailing all of these things and their findings. Children could research and discuss what caused the decline of the Mayan civilization. The clip could provide an opportunity for children to look at the different types of farming (arable, subsistence, pastoral, mixed farming, horticulture, market gardening and viticulture). Children could look at what type of farming is done in what part of the UK. They could suggest reasons why only certain types of farming can occur in certain areas. They could then expand this further and begin to compare and contrast farming in the UK to farming in other parts of the world, including types of crop grown and machinery used.