Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Sumer

Block A - Introducing Ancient Sumer

Place the Ancient Sumer civilisation in the context of world history and compare it to Britain at the time of its existence. Learn about life in Ancient Sumer, how the people lived, what they did, how they worshipped and what they have left behind for us to discover.  

Place the Ancient Sumer civilisation on a world history timeline and understand what Britain was like at the time. Learn about the rise and fall of the Sumerian civilisation and the invasion by the Akkadians. Read the legend of Sargon the Great, understand the revival and then further decline of Sumerian civilisation, including the invasion by the Elamites, read the Lament of Ur and write a lament of your own.

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01: Back in time

Place the Ancient Sumer civilisation on a world history timeline. Describe what Britain was like at the start of the Ancient Sumer civilisation.

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02: Snapshot

Label a map of Ancient Sumer and its surroundings. Understand that Ancient Sumer was part of the Fertile Crescent (Cradle of Civilisation). Learn about the terrain, climate and geography of Ancient Sumer.

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03: The Akkadians

Understand the decline in the Sumerian civilisation and the invasion by the Akkadians. Read the legend of Sargon the Great. Research the Sumerian army, including weapons and tactics. Draw a battle scene in the style of Sumerian records.

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04: Revival....and attack

Learn about the revival and then further decline of Sumerian civilisation and the invasion by the Elamites. Read the Lament of Ur. Compare the Lament of Ur with later laments from the Old Testament. Write a lament.