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.
Find out about the fascinating rise and fall of the city of Baghdad CE 900; explore Islamic art, patterns and motifs, turning the classroom into a House of Wisdom.
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.
Use a ‘Round Robin’ research task to build awareness of ancient Baghdad.
Build a resource bank of features of Islamic Art.
Explore and create tessellating patterns, link to Islamic designs and meanings.
Translate knowledge of tessellating patterns to computing applications.