Benin c. CE 900 - 1300

Block B - Benin Timeline

This topic provides you with an outstanding set of inspired plans and resources to enable you to study Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300 and to contrast many of its features with contemporary developments in British history; learn about the rise and establishment of the Benin Kingdom, consider what brought the Edo people to the rainforests of Benin and how the empire grew; study the rulers of the Edo people, their everyday life, their religion and worship, their trading currencies and trade routes, their music and art and finally how the Kingdom of Benin came to an end.

Experience traditional Benin food, listen to music and research modern and ancient Benin. Build a tabletop timeline of the Benin civilisation using a series of research challenges to gather information. Gather information about the Benin Empire and learn about the warrior kings. Create drawings of the City using descriptions from 17th century traders. Find out about the British role in the end of the Benin Empire.

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: Building the timeline

Experience a traditional Benin food, listen to some of their music and start to research modern and ancient Benin using a series of research challenges. Build the base of a tabletop timeline of the Benin civilisation using a series of research challenges to gather information. Work in groups to find out the main facts and dates about the Benin Kingdom and place on the timeline.

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02: The beginning of Benin

In research groups, look in more detail at the beginning of Benin. Make rainforest trees to place at the beginning of the 3d tabletop timeline and buildings to represent Benin City.

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03: The Benin Empire

Gather information about the Benin Empire and learn about the warrior kings. Add information to the timeline and create drawings of the City using descriptions from 17th century traders.

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04: The end of an empire

Find out about how the British put an end to the Benin Empire - how they wanted the land for palm oil and rubber and how they razed the City to the ground and made Benin part of the British Empire. Add details to depict this take over onto the 3d tabletop timeline.