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Mayan Masks and Pendants

Year Five have continued to learn about the Mayan civilisation.  Something that can make History come alive is when the children are able to make items similar to those used during the period in question.  Pupils have looked closely at different types of jewellery and masks. Mayans used a variety of materials, such as stone, wood, ceramics, jade and bone, to decorate their buildings and to make objects that were sacred. Did you know that jade was considered to be divine?  This stone had religious meaning and was also used to make objects.  Jade was used as ear plugs, pendants, necklaces and a shocking fact is that Kings would insert it into their teeth!