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Block E - Everyday Life in Baghdad

Track the development and history of an early Islamic civilisation – the great city of Baghdad. Compare and contrast these developments with Western Europe at the same time, learn about the spread of Islam through the Middle East and beyond, and examine trade and everyday life in Baghdad. Finally discover the legacy of early Islam and the continuing influences we see today.

Ask questions about everyday life in Baghdad through hot seating; recreate scenes from everyday life in Baghdad through creating ‘tableaux’; find out about parallel aspects of life in London and Baghdad. Evaluate quality of life in those two cities; examine a range of sources of historical evidence relating to ancient Baghdad, evaluating their usefulness and reliability; collaborate as a group to plan and create an informative film to present to a wider audience.

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: Who were the citizens of Baghdad?

Learn about the citizens of Baghdad and their daily life. Demonstrate their knowledge through role play such as ‘hot-seating’ and tableaux (freeze-framing).

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02: Dark Age or Golden Age

Explore what life was like in both London and Baghdad c. CE 1000, then using the evidence uncovered decide which of the two cities they would have preferred to live in during this time.

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03: Believe it or not?

In this session, children will learn about examining sources of historical evidence and then rate this information for reliability.

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04: Movie-Makers 1

In this session, children will take their knowledge that they learned during the previous sessions to plan an informative film about a chosen element of life in Baghdad c. CE 900.

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05: Movie-Makers 2

Continuing from the previous session, children will source images and record commentaries for their film.

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06: Movie-Makers 3

The final session in this series, children will edit together the images and sound recordings to produce the completed film, before presenting it to an audience.