History KS2 / KS3: Fashion in Maya civilisation

Two Maya hopefuls are signed up for this makeover TV show parody.

Pupils are introduced to traditional male and female Maya outfits and fashion accessories including body paint and hairstyles in two different social groups.

The costumes and accessories are realistic, while bonus fashion tips reveal Mayan beauty standards of sloping foreheads and crossed eyes.

This short film is from the BBC series, History of Early Civilisations - Maya. Through parodies of reality TV shows, this series introduces different aspects of the Maya civilisation.

Teacher Notes

Research a range of Maya modes of dress and compare/contrast these with fashion in Britain in the same era.

Plan, create and execute a Maya fashion show with commentary.

Compile a class glossary of Maya terms. Create a crossword with definitions.

Prepare museum displays of these outfits, with captions.

Compare and contrast British society in parallel times.

Explore the influence on our own history and society of the Maya.

Create a Maya headdress.

Design and print Maya fabric using traditional illustrations.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching history at Key Stages 2 and 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Second and Third Level in Scotland.

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