The Aztecs

KS2 / P5-7
KS3&4 / S1-6
History
Play In A Day

The Aztecs. Who were they? What do we really know about them? Why did they suddenly disappear? In the deep dark jungles of South America, Montezuma and his Aztecs are on the warpath.

A Play in a Day for up to 30 KS2 or KS3 pupils.

With bright feathers, masks of solid gold and a host of unpronounceable gods they are the biggest bullies on the block… until General Cortez and his Spanish Conquistadors decide to drop in for a bit of casual theft, slaughter and mayhem. Meanwhile King Ferdinand of Spain is screaming for gold, the Pope is screaming for souls to save, the Aztecs are screaming for human sacrifices and Columbus' parrot is just, well, screaming. There's more to these exotic chili peppers than meets the eye… The search for sight of El Dorado, the feeling of power, the thirst for blood (and boy are these guys thirsty!) and the all-conquering taste of chocolate; it's all rolled up into one big adventure… if you have the heart for it.

Working together as actors to create a fun, action-packed short performance, informing as much as it entertains, students will explore a wide range of topical issues.

Key themes:

-         the value of teamwork

-         self-expression

-         public speaking

-         confidence building

-         increased subject knowledge

This fantastic workshop touches on the many aspects of bullies and bullying through the history and context of ancient cultures, which allows students to consider emotive issues in a 'safe' environment. It also affords a real insight into the day to day life of the mysterious Aztecs and their neighbours, and allows students to explore the nature of story-telling through drama … and if all that isn't enough in a single day - how about the fact that it's a fun-packed, rip roaring story too?

'Very useful to educate and consolidate the children’s knowledge of the Aztecs. The Workshop Facilitator was the best facilitator we have had in the three years we have been using this Konflux experience. A great way for the Year 5 children to work as a team to put on a “Play in a Day”, whilst increasing their history knowledge.' School in Essex