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Block H - Education

Discover the lasting influence of the Ancient Greeks on the western world. Investigate the timeline and four main periods of the Greek Empire. Explore different kinds of historical sources and evaluate their usefulness. Marvel at Alexander the Great and the empire under his leadership. Learn about trading and design, research lifestyle and clothing, and study key Ancient Greek buildings. Research the historical background of Aesop and his fables. Learn about the roles and rights of free men, women, children and slaves in Ancient Greece and research democracy. Examine the exciting Olympics and its modern legacy.

What was it like to go to school in Ancient Greece? Appreciate the role of education in the lives of the Ancient Greeks. Learn about their school days, as well as some of the great thinkers of this period!

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 subjects were taught?

Discover what school was like for rich boys in Ancient Greece and what home education might have been like for girls; role-play a boy’s life in school; make an abacus; learn to weave, in the same way that the girls learnt from their mothers.

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02: School in Athens

Role-play a child’s typical day in Athens; learn about the Classical Greek alphabet; make clay tablets and inscribe them with words in Classical Greek.

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03: School in Sparta

Role-play a child’s typical day in Sparta; think about the Spartan goals of education versus the Athenian ideals; take part in a debate about the merits of each system.

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04: The Great Thinkers

Learn about the Great Thinkers of Ancient Greece; make bust of significant Greek Thinkers out of modelling material; open the class as a museum about Athens, Sparta and the Thinkers.

Block F - Religion in the Indus Valley

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

This is a thought-provoking block about the religion of the Indus Valley people. Learn about some similarities between modern religions in the Indus Valley region and evidence of religious practices during the Indus Valley civilisation and discuss the evidence we have in this fascinating area.

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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02: Writing

Discover that no-one is able to read the Indus Valley script; appreciate how significant it would be if the writing had been deciphered; describe some pictograms that we use today toconvey information; design your own pictogram.

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03: Links to other religions

Learn about some similarities between modern religions in the Indus Valley region and evidence of religious practices during the Indus Valley civilisation; discuss objects that might be buried with people today and compare with the Indus valley civilisation; draw an image of a grave with buried objects that an archaeologist may excavate in thousands of years.

Block D - Craftspeople and Trade

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

Find out about the creativity of the Indus Valley people and try your hand at making some of the artefacts that you study. Learn about the process of trade and the goods involved.

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: Craftspeople

Learn about some of the objects that Indus valley craftspeople produced; find out how potters created pots during the Indus Valley civilisation and then make a pot in the style of an Indus Valley craftsperson.

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02: Jewellery

Describe some Indus Valley jewellery; list the materials that Indus Valley jewellers used and then make a necklace or bracelet in the style of Indus Valley jewellery.

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03: Trading

Discover the trade routes and modes of transport used by traders of the Indus Valley civilisation; learn some of the goods which were traded; make a set of balance scales in the style of those used by the Indus Valley traders.

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04: Bartering

Use role play to try bartering; list the types of goods that could be bartered; play and evaluate a simulation game about Indus Valley traders.

Block C - Everyday Life

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

What was it like to be an ordinary person living in the Indus Valley 2,000 BCE? Learn about daily life, fashion, food, toys and more!

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: Cooking

Learn about the foods that were eaten by the Indus Valley people; explore the types of evidence found that show the diet of the Indus Valley people; eat some of the foods you learnabout.

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02: Clothing and hairstyles

Find out about the clothing and hairstyles of the Indus Valley people; create a clay or Plasticine figure in the style of the Indus Valley terracotta figurines.

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03: Toys

Describe some of the artefacts that were probably used as toys during the Indus valley civilisation; make an animal toy with a moving head.

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04: Board game

Investigate the board games that have been discovered in Indus Valley excavations; make up a game based on the board and pieces found.

Block E - Farming

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

Discover the daily tasks of the Indus Valley farmers, the crops that were grown and the animals that were raised; act out the activities that they might have undertaken. Look at the evidence we have for Indus Valley farming.

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: Farmers

Discover the daily tasks of Indus Valley farmers, the crops that were grown and the animals that were raised; act out activities that Indus Valley farmers might undertake.

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02: Buffalo, bullock and oxen carts

Design and make a wooden cart in the Indus Valley civilisation style; make storage pots and animals to complete the cart.

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03: Evidence

Find out about the importance of ‘rubbish’ to archaeologists; investigate some ‘rubbish’ thrown away by a family today.

Block G - Cities

Study this fascinating topic and learn all about The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. Discover key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. Learn all about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation. The importance of warfare, advanced technology, and the development of writing are all studied and children will have the chance to meet a number of exciting creative outcomes!

Research the cities and societies of this dynasty, as well as the lives and roles of the people.

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: Introducing the game

Retrieve information from non-fiction and name some of the Shang cities; develop some design criteria for a board game.

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02: The roles in the game

Research the lives and roles of King, Queens, High Priest, Priests, Nobles, craftspeople, Citizens, Peasants, Slaves; give a well-structured description of the person or group of people; give an explanation of what roles they could play in the role-playing game.

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03: Designing the game

Designing the board, cards and figures. Apply information learned about the Shang to the design of a role-playing game; discuss ideas collaboratively; create sketches and prototypes for a design.                                                                                

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04: Make the game

Use a wide range of appropriate materials for building and creating a Shang Dynasty game.

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05: Play the game

Give good descriptions, explanations and narratives to explain the nature of Shang cities and society; Evaluate the game design based on design criteria.

Block B - Cities

Find out about this fascinating early civilisation based in the Indus Valley and place it on a world timeline. Be amazed as you learn how this civilisation functioned and its cities grew and flourished. Discover day to day life, investigate the evidence we have for this civilisation and speculate why the civilisation ended.

Be amazed by the cities of the Indus Valley people and learn about the most significant sites and their construction. Find out about the archaeologists whose discoveries led to the realisation that this ancient civilisation had existed.

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: Discovery

Learn about the most significant sites of the Indus Valley civilisation and mark them onto a map; find out about the archaeologists who did initial work on the sites of these discoveries that led to the realisation that this ancient civilisation had existed.

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02: Mathematics

Discover how the people of the Indus Valley were good mathematicians; construct a typical Indus Valley brick shape from a card net; learn about the use of rulers for measuring during the Indus Valley civilisation period.

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03: Houses

Learn about the features of a typical Indus Valley house and other buildings that have been excavated; build your own model Indus Valley house.

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04: Sanitation

Learn how cleanliness was important to the Indus Valley people and how they created a complex sanitation system; construct drains, reservoirs and wells for the class model Indus Valley city.

Block E - Warfare

Study this fascinating topic and learn all about The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. Discover key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. Learn all about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation. The importance of warfare, advanced technology, and the development of writing are all studied and children will have the chance to meet a number of exciting creative outcomes!

Research different sources and consider what makes a historical source valid and reliable. Learn about the Shang army and generals as you investigate the Battle of Muye and the rise and fall of the Shang.

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: How did the Shang Dynasty start?

What do historians think is the real story of the start of the Shang Dynasty? Children will research different sources; take turns being the principal characters in the story, Jie, Tang and the historian.

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02: How did the Shang Dynasty keep control?

Children will learn about the Shang army and then play a strategy game; become generals in the Shang army trying to keep the kingdom loyal, and to conquer other peoples to enlarge the kingdom.

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03: The Battle of Muye

Evaluate the validity and reliability of texts that describe the Battle of Muye; improvise a piece of drama that explains the Battle of Muye.

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04: Performing the Battle of Muye

Create a performance based on all the learning in this block that explains the story of the rise and fall of the Shang.

Block D - Technology

Study this fascinating topic and learn all about The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. Discover key information about the formation of the Shang Dynasty and the kings who ruled it. Learn all about everyday life, the music, cities and settlements, and the process of worship in this early civilisation. The importance of warfare, advanced technology, and the development of writing are all studied and children will have the chance to meet a number of exciting creative outcomes!

Investigate the Shang bronze manufacturing process and the amazing Shang bronze vessels. Create your own vessels and set up your own museum to explain how bronze vessels were made in the Shang period; write museum labels and information boards and make presentations to visitors to your classroom.

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: Take one object

Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

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02: Decoration

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Use a sketchbook and gain an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

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03: Context

Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates. Learn to use a sketchbook.

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04: Form

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials

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05: Process

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

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06: Make

Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies. Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques. Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes.

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07: Presentation

They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.  Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own. Participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates.

Block D - Anne Frank and The Holocaust

Learn about the Second World War in Europe and why the Battle of Britain was such a significant turning point in British History. Learn about the timeline of events such as the outbreak of the war, the Battle of Britain, the heroic rescue at Dunkirk, the Blitz, the D-Day landings, the liberation of the concentration camps and the celebrations of VE Day. Research the lives of the ordinary people who faced the Blitz and had to deal with rationing and evacuation. Learn about the inspiring stories and achievements of significant people such as Anne Frank and Winston Churchill.

This is a sensitive and age-appropriate block about the lives of the Jewish people during World War 2, the terrible discrimination and oppression and the concentration camps. Study the life of the positive and inspirational Anne Frank and create a class ‘memorial’ art installation to remember the Holocaust and the Jewish people who were killed.

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: Meeting Anne Frank: Her life and diary

Learn about Anne Frank and her life; write a letter sharing the personal impact of her story.

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02: The Holocaust - The Ghettos and 'Jewish laws'

Learn about the oppression of the Jews; understand life in the ghettos; write a letter protesting about the Jewish persecution.

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03: The Holocaust - The 'death camps' and 'final solution'

Study biographical stories of The Holocaust; explore emotional aspects of The Holocaust through poetry; ask searching questions about persecution and humanity.

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04: Remembering Anne Frank and the victims of the Holocaust through art

Learn about Holocaust memorials; discuss why memorials are important; create a class ‘memorial’ art installation.