Benin c. CE 900 - 1300

Block H - Trade and Currency

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 trading currencies of the Benin kingdom and how it changed over time; explore the different trade routes the kingdom of Benin was part of; learn about the trading between foreign traders and the Benin people and finish by devising a trading role-play.

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: What did they trade with?

Learn about the trading currencies of Benin and how it changed over time. Make replicas of some of the trading tokens.

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02: Who did they trade with?

Explore the different trade routes that the kingdom of Benin used to trade with different people around Africa, and even beyond.

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03: Benin trading role-play

Learn how trading took place: that Benin traders would meet with foreign traders in an appointed spot. Explore how they negotiated for days, sometimes weeks. Learn that if the foreign traders stole from the Benin people, they refused to trade until they apologised. Undertake a role-play to show trade between foreign traders and the Benin.