Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Sumer

Block E - Literature

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.  

Learn about the earliest recorded story; Gilgamesh and his battles with demons; compare to other flood myths including Noah’s ark and conclude this block by writing your own myth inspired by the ancient stories of this region.

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: Gilgamesh

Explore the oldest recorded story: The Epic of Gilgamesh. Discover how fact and fantasy are often interwoven.

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02: Food myth

Explore the similarities between The Epic of Gilgamesh and the story of Noah’s Ark from the Bible.

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03: The City of Rainbows

Explore the Ancient Sumerian myth entitled The City of Rainbows, recognise what a myth entails then write their own mythical story.

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04: Debate poems

Discover the Ancient Sumerian concept of debate/dispute poems and how children can use this to write their own debate/dispute poems about modern life.