Early Islamic Civilisation - FREE

Block F - Scheherazade

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.

Legendary queen Scheherazade, who told the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, needs your help! Can you write and illustrate a magical story to enthral King Shahryar for the 1002nd night? You will need to investigate the themes and structures of the original ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ stories, as well as including authentic details of early Islamic civilisation, in order to write an authentic story ready to re-tell to Scheherazade and an invited 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: Scheherazade

Revisit elements of Baghdad life through a role play, meeting legendary queen Scheherazade.

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02: 1001 Arabian Nights - Ali Baba and Aladdin

Get ready to write your own Arabian Nights story by investigating the themes and structures of the original ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ stories.

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03: 1001 Arabian Nights - Sinbad the Sailor

Learn more about the magical ‘Sinbad the Sailor’ stories.

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04: The 1002nd Arabian Night - storyboard

Can you write a ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ story with convincing early Islamic civilisation elements?

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05: The 1002nd Arabian Night - narrative writing

Write and illustrate your story for the 1002nd Arabian Night.

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06: 1002 Arabian Nights - storytellers

Revisit Scheherazade and retell your Arabian Night stories.