Explore the legacy of early Islamic civilisation that we enjoy today. Discover that many words in common use today have their origins in the time of the early Islamic civilisation. Experiment with calligraphy. Watch videos and read about a range of Islamic scholars. Use calligraphy and decorate manuscripts in an Islamic style.

Session 1 What's in a word?

Objectives

English

  • Apply growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (morphology and etymology) to understand the meaning of new words that are met.

Teaching and Activities

Discover that many words we commonly use are from languages other than English/Old English. Realise that language travels with people and is not confined by borders (just as the goods and cultures that passed along the ‘silk road’).

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To use an etymological dictionary effectively.

Children will:

  • Use an etymological dictionary to discover that many words in common use today have their origins in the time of the early Islamic civilisation

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 A gift from China

Objectives

Art

  • Understand the historical and cultural development of art forms.
  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

Teaching and Activities

Explore how the Islamic conquest of Central Asia spread the knowledge of paper-making. Discover how to make paper, pen and ink.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn how to make recycled paper.
  • To learn about natural inks.

Children will:

  • Make their own paper and experiment with calligraphy using homemade inks.

You Will Need

  • Paper: used paper (shredded is good),
  • Large plastic tubs
  • A food processor (old is best)
  • j-cloths
  • Fine mesh screens
  • Tea-towels
  • Ink, e.g. nettles, berries, beetroot, coffee, tea, water, vinegar, salt, pestle and mortar

Session 3 Paperback writers

Objectives

English

  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about 4 Key Islamic Scholars and choose one to write a biography about using appropriate knowledge and skills.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop understanding that much ‘modern’ knowledge originates from long ago.
  • To skim read effectively, making concise and relevant notes.

Children will:

  • Watch videos and read about a range of Islamic scholars, choosing one to write a biography about.
  • Recall the key features of a biography.
  • Make notes on a chosen scholar.

You Will Need

  • Science, Medicine and Math in the Early Islamic World by Trudee Romanek

Weblinks

Session 4 Paperback writers 2

Objectives

English

  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by choosing the writing implement that is best suited for a task.
  • Use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader.

Art

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.

Teaching and Activities

Continue reviewing children’s biographies on the Key Islamic Scholars, then decorate them using the paper, pens and ink created in session 2.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To develop understanding that much ‘modern’ knowledge originates from long ago.
  • To write an informative biography displaying conventional features of the genre.
  • To recreate an authentic Islamic style of calligraphy

Children will:

  • Draft and write a biography.
  • Decorate manuscript with artwork/ calligraphy in an Islamic style.

Provided Resources

  • Islamic patterns and motifs (Block C, session 2, resource 2)

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

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.

Session 5 Then and now

Objectives

History

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

English

  • Identify the audience for and purpose of writing, selecting the appropriate form.

Teaching and Activities

Collaborate to create a poster presentation that links the work of an ancient scholar/early work, within a specific discipline, with modern-day understanding.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To recognise similarities or themes in the work of ancient scholars and how they relate to modern knowledge and understanding.
  • To collaborate with others to plan and create a group presentation.

Children will:

  • Attempt to identify common themes within the work of early Islamic scholars.
  • Identify their own success criteria for a poster presentation.
  • Collaborate in groups of 2 or 3 to research the chosen presentation theme, using web and paper-based sources; then plan a poster presentation that links the work of an ancient scholar/work with modern-day understanding in that discipline.
  • Carefully choose how to present information and ideas to showcase both ancient and contemporary understanding.

You Will Need

  • 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization (National Geographic Kids)
  • Arab Science and Invention in the Golden Age by Anne Blanchard and Emmanuel Cerisier
  • Islamic Weapons: Maghrib to Moghul by Anthony C. Tirri.

Weblinks

Refer to previous sessions.

Session 6 Then and now 2

Objectives

History

  • Thoughtfully select and organise relevant historical information.

English

  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by choosing the writing implement that is best suited for a task.
  • Use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader.

Teaching and Activities

Continue working on their poster and prepare to present it to the class or wider audience.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To convey the work of ancient Islamic scholars in an engaging and informative way.
  • To create an engaging piece of information text displaying conventional features of the genre.

Children will:

  • Produce in ‘best’ the finished version of their poster presentation, choosing appropriate organisational and presentational features for their non-fiction text.
  • Present the project to a wider audience.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Books from previous sessions
  • Poster-making materials: A1 or A2 card, range of coloured paper and card, glue, scissors

Weblinks

Refer to previous sessions.

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.

Session 7 King of the castle

Objectives

History

  • Construct informed responses.

English

  • Extend mastery of language through public speaking and debate.

Teaching and Activities

Discuss and debate to decide which of the incredibly varied discoveries and teachings of the early Islamic scholars, are the most important, enduring and influential.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To base ideas on researched evidence.
  • To present and defend opinions about the past using speaking skills.

Children will:

  • Perform a ranking activity such as ‘diamond 9’, choosing the top achievements of the early Islamic civilisation.
  • Justify their choices in a challenging discussion.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.