Ask questions about everyday life in Baghdad through hot seating; recreate scenes from everyday life in Baghdad through creating tableaux. Find out about parallel aspects of life in London and Baghdad. Evaluate the quality of life in those two cities. Examine a range of sources of historical evidence relating to ancient Baghdad, evaluating their usefulness and reliability. Collaborate as a group to plan and create an informative film to present to a wider audience.

Session 1 Who were the citizens of Baghdad?

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods studied.
  • Select and organise relevant historical information; Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the citizens of Baghdad and their daily life. Demonstrate their knowledge through role play such as ‘hot-seating’ and tableaux (freeze-framing).

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To use drama to explore the varied aspects of everyday life in Baghdad.

Children will:

  • Ask questions about everyday life in Baghdad through hot-seating.
  • Recreate scenes from everyday life in Baghdad through creating ‘tableaux’ .

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Dark Age or Golden Age

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Select and organise relevant historical information; Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Teaching and Activities

Explore what life was like in both London and Baghdad c. CE 1000, then using the evidence uncovered decide which of the two cities they would have preferred to live in during this time.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore life in two major cities, identifying similarities and differences; evaluate quality of life.

Children will:

  • Find out about parallel aspects of life in London and Baghdad, c. CE 1000.
  • Evaluate quality of life in those two cities.

You Will Need

  • Daily life in Ancient and modern Baghdad by Dawn Kotapish
  • The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium: An Englishman's World by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
  • Computers, iPads or similar

Session 3 Believe it or not?

Objectives

History

  • Select and organise relevant historical information.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Teaching and Activities

In this session, children will learn about examining sources of historical evidence and then rate this information for reliability.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To examine sources of historical evidence relating to ancient Baghdad and the wider Islamic civilisation, evaluating their usefulness and reliability.

Children will:

  • Examine a range of sources of historical evidence relating to ancient Baghdad, evaluating their usefulness and reliability.

Provided Resources

  • Evaluating sources of evidence
  • Evaluating sources of evidence: suggestions for teacher guidance
  • Evaluating sources of evidence: ‘PLACT’ Checklist.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 4 Movie-Makers 1

Objectives

History

  • Select and organise relevant historical information.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Computing

  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Teaching and Activities

In this session, children will take their knowledge that they learned during the previous sessions to plan an informative film about a chosen element of life in Baghdad c. CE 900.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create an informative short film on a chosen theme, selecting material from a range of sources.
  • To evaluate the reliability of information sourced from the internet.

Children will:

  • Revisit jigsaw research from Block D session 1.
  • Collaborate as a group to plan an informative film about a chosen element of life in Baghdad c. CE 900.
  • Create a storyboard, begin sourcing images for the film and assign team roles

Provided Resources

  • Suggestions of film themes and formats
  • Teacher’s notes on making movies
  • The ‘Golden Age of Baghdad’ - Film Planning and Storyboarding

You Will Need

  • Digital recording devices, e.g. iPads or cameras and laptops
  • Movie creation software or app, e.g. Wndows Moviemaker (PC), MiniMovie-Slideshow Video Edit (Android), Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker (iOS)

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 5 Movie-Makers 2

Objectives

History

  • Select and organise relevant historical information.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Computing

  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Continuing from the previous session, children will source images and record commentaries for their film.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create an informative short film on a chosen theme, selecting material from a range of sources.
  • To evaluate the reliability of information sourced from the internet.

Children will:

  • Continue to source images for their film and collaborate in pairs to write a commentary to accompany the images
  • Begin to record commentaries and film ‘live’ pieces to camera

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 6 Movie-Makers 3

Objectives

History

  • Select and organise relevant historical information.
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Address and devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.

Computing

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to create a range of content that accomplishes given goals, including presenting data and information.

Teaching and Activities

The final session in this series, children will edit together the images and sound recordings to produce the completed film, before presenting it to an audience.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To create an informative short film on a chosen theme, selecting material from a range of sources.
  • To synthesise and apply digital content-manipulation skills.

Children will:

  • Edit together the images and sound recordings, along with on-screen captions, to create a finished film
  • Present films to a wider audience

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.