This block looks at the early history of Islamic civilisation including Baghdad from CE 900 on a broad brush scale and compares it to what was going on in western Europe at around the same time. This block touches on the effects of religion on culture and architecture, the development and maintenance of global trade networks and the history of intellectual and philosophical thought in both areas.

Session 1 Trade

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Children should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Children should 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 Early Islamic Civilisation.

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries using maps, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
  • Present human and physical features using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.

Teaching and Activities

Explore how Baghdad was the centre of a trade network that extended from China to Ireland, and from Scandinavia to sub-Saharan Africa. Illustrate maps with trade routes, transportation methods and goods traded.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the trade network of Baghdad c. CE 900
  • To map trade links from China to Britain through Baghdad

Children will:

  • Locate the world's countries on atlases or online mapping.
  • Determine long distance trade routes c. CE 900.
  • Locate the origins of trade items c. CE 900.

Provided Resources

  • Items traded through Baghdad c. 900 CE
  • Simplified map of Europe, Asia, Africa
  • Map of Europe, Asia, Africa with simplified trade routes through Bagdad

You Will Need

  • A selection of the following: silk or other textile, fake fur, paper, peppercorns, silver, china, coral, wax, sugar, jade, lapis lazuli, glass, gold coins
  • Atlases or online mapping

Session 2 Religion

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Children should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Children should 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 Early Islamic Civilisation.

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries using maps, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
  • Present human and physical features using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.

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.

Teaching and Activities

Compare the spread of Christianity across the Middle East, Africa and Europe to the spread of Islam in overlapping areas but later centuries, and create an animation, including images of specific buildings.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To explore the spread of Christianity and Islam.
  • To map the spread of Christianity and Islam.
  • To animate the spread of Christianity and Islam.

Children will:

  • Explain how and why early Christianity and Islam spread.
  • Make maps showing the spread of Islam and/or Christianity.
  • Use software to make an animation.

You Will Need

  • Laptops/tablets with animation software

Session 3 Achievements

Objectives

History

  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
  • Children should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
  • Children should 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 Early Islamic Civilisation.

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

Teaching and Activities

Sort the achievements of western Europe and the Islamic world and use your knowledge to create a comparative timeline. Highlight where Islamic thought has influenced Europe e.g. universities, architecture, maths etc...Make a blog post, podcast or infographic to share your research.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn about the achievements of the early Islamic civilisation and early Christian civilisation.
  • To use online software to share research about the Islamic world.

Children will:

  • Answer historical research questions.
  • Organise their research into a synthesis.
  • Create a blog post, podcast or infographic.

Provided Resources

  • Research questions about early Islamic and Christian civilisations’ achievements
  • How to write a blog post
  • How to record a podcast
  • How to create an infographic using Piktochart

You Will Need

  • Laptops/tablets with online access

Weblinks

BBC Bitesize KS3 page about Muslim everyday life and achievements from bbc.co.uk
BBC Bitesize KS3 page about Islam's influence on Europe from bbc.co.uk
BBC class clip about Baghdad and it's achievements from bbc.co.uk
BBC Bitesize section about Anglo-Saxon monasteries from bbc.co.uk
BBC Bitesize page about literature in the Middle Ages from bbc.co.uk
Examples of CBeebies podcasts from bbc.co.uk
Blog by a child and parent about books from childtasticbooks.wordpress.com
Infographic about heat through the ages from visual.ly
Pobble An on-line writing website which showcases over 100,000 pieces of writing, including examples based on Hamilton plans, where you could upload examples of your children’s writing