Benin c. CE 900 - 1300

Block C - The Benin Kingdom

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.

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; use freeze framing, image making and role play techniques to bring this learning to life.

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: Foundation of the kingdom

Remind each other of the Benin timeline, before looking deeper into the rise and establishment of the Benin Empire. Locate Benin on a world map and look at that area of Africa as it is today. Consider what brought the Edo peoples to the rainforests of Benin. Use freeze framing to imagine what it was like to first settle in Benin in the 900s in small villages.

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02: Growing the kingdom

Learn about how the Obas created the first cities in Benin. Using images of the cities drawn by Europeans and their freeze frames from the first session to do flash forwards of how life would be different in a city. Create a series of still images showing the differences.

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03: Ogisos and Obas

Find out more about the selected Ogisos and Obas, who all contributed to the growth of the Kingdom. Using role play, convey what each of these Obas would have been like to live and serve under. Video the role-play to share on the school website.