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 chilli peppers than meets the eye… The search for sight of El Dorado, the feeling 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 15- 20 minute 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 explores the many aspects of bullies and bullying through the history and context of ancient cultures it 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?