Upper Key Stage 2 Benin (900 – 1300)
Introduction to Benin

This block puts the development of the Kingdom of Benin into context within a West African setting, and contrasts it with contemporary developments in Europe. Compare the history of art in both areas. Learn about the impact that the art of Benin has had on the western world.

Session 1 Timelines

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Undertake an in-depth study of a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history - The Kingdom of Benin.

Planning and Activities

Do some research to find out about the contemporary developments in European and West African history and create a timeline to compare the two regions.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • Create a timeline comparing West Africa and Europe from AD 900-1300.

Children will:

  • Devise research questions about a historical topic.
  • Research the answer to historical questions they have devised.
  • Place events in chronological order on a timeline.

You Will Need

  • Roll of wallpaper lining (10m long)
  • Metre rules

Session 2 West Africa

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Undertake an in-depth study of a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history - The Kingdom of Benin.

Computing

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

Planning and Activities

Find out about other civilisations in West Africa and when and where they developed. Use this knowledge to create an overlay map/animation showing the change over time.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn about the development of West African kingdoms.
  • To make animated maps of West Africa.

Children will:

  • Use digital applications to do research and note-taking.
  • Make an animation with still images.
  • Add narration to an animation.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 History of Art

Objectives

History

  • Regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
  • Undertake an in-depth study of a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history - The Kingdom of Benin.

Art

  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Planning and Activities

Learn about the history of art in Europe and West Africa, and how the appearance of looted Benin art in Europe and America influenced western artists. Make a self-portrait in the style of one of the artists.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn about European and West African art.
  • To learn about how West African art influenced European art.

Children will:

  • Explain how European artists were influenced by African art.
  • Research and identify the African art that influenced the European artists.
  • Make a piece of art influenced by African art.

You Will Need

  • Paper
  • Crayons
  • Charcoal
  • Chalk