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Block I - Legacy of Early Islam

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.

Explore the remnants of early Islamic civilisation that we enjoy today. Discover that many words in common use today have their origins in the time of the early Islamic civilisation; experiment with calligraphy; watch videos and read about a range of Islamic scholars; decorate manuscripts in an Islamic style; and much more!

Note – Hamilton Trust uses the form ‘Muhammad (pbuh)’ where he is mentioned. This follows a general convention and is seen by some as a mark of respect. It is up to individual teachers as to whether they follow this convention in written and spoken materials.

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's in a word?

Discover that many words we commonly use are from languages other than English/Old English. Realise that language travels with people and is not confined by borders (just as the goods and cultures that passed along the ‘silk road’).

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02: A gift from China

Explore how the Islamic conquest of Central Asia spread the knowledge of paper-making. Discover how to make paper, pen and ink.

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03: Paperback writers

Learn about 4 Key Islamic Scholars and choose one to write a biography about using appropriate knowledge and skills.

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04: Paperback writers 2

Continue reviewing children’s biographies on the Key Islamic Scholars, then decorate them using the paper, pens and ink created in Session 2.

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05 and 06: Then and now

Collaborate to create a poster presentation that links the work of an ancient scholar/early work, within a specific discipline, with modern-day understanding.

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07: Then and now 2

Continue working on their poster and prepare to present it to the class or wider audience.

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08: King of the castle

Discuss and debate to decide which of the incredibly varied discoveries and teachings of the early Islamic scholars, are the most important, enduring and influential.