Earliest Civilisations: The Indus Valley

Block A - Introduction to the Indus Valley

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

Learn where the civilisation fits on a world history timeline. Discover the location of the civilisation; learn about the terrain and climate of the Indus Valley and explore some theories that historians use to explain why the Indus Valley civilisation ended.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Back in time

Learn where the Indus Valley civilisation fits on a world history timeline; compare what the terrain, climate and society was like in Britain at the start of the Indus Valley civilisation; add significant dates and events to a world history timeline.

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02: Snapshot

Discover where the Indus Valley civilisation was located; Label maps of the Indus Valley and its surroundings; learn about the terrain and climate of the Indus Valley.

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03: End of Indus Valley civilisation

(To be taught with Session 4 after the other blocks)

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04: The Aryans

(To be taught with Session 3 after the other blocks)