Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Sumer

Block B - Ancient Sumerian Daily Life

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.

Discover the lives of Ancient Sumerians and learn why they began to live in cities rather than villages. Learn how neighbourhoods were planned and discover how society was divided into different social classes. Learn about education, farming, clothing and much more as you explore daily life!

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01: Houses

Learn why Ancient Sumerians began to live in cities rather than small rural villages. Learn how plans of houses and maps of cities were drawn on clay tablets. Create clay-tablet maps ofown neighbourhoods.

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02: Social classes

Discover how Ancient Sumerian society was divided into different social classes. Write adverts for some of the jobs that Ancient Sumerians had. Role-play an Ancient Sumerian school. Understand that Ancient Sumerians learnt mostly by copying and memorising.

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03: Food and farming

Learn about the animals and crops that were farmed in Ancient Sumer. Draw a farming scene in an Ancient Sumerian style.

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04: Clothing and accessories

Explore the clothing and jewellery of Ancient Sumerians. Make an Ancient Sumerian outfit for a doll. Make a piece of Ancient Sumerian jewellery.

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05: Trade and money

Learn about the transport and goods of Ancient Sumerian traders. Draw Ancient Sumerian trade routes on a map of the Middle East.

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06: Leisure

Learn about some Ancient Sumerian leisure activities. Play the royal game of Ur. Create a group game using an Ancient Sumerian game board.