Become an expert in the rise of the Islamic Civilisation. Compare ancient and modern maps of the world and the region significant to early Islamic Civilisation. Use a range of sources to discover more about the life of Muhammad. Put together a chronological account of the life of Muhammad using ICT ‘soundbite’ news clips. Find out about the difficult time following the death of Muhammad. Summarise the key events of early Islamic conquests and place them on a timeline.

Session 1 Crazy Cartography

Objectives

Geography

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps and concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, and major cities.

Teaching and Activities

Compare ancient and modern maps of the world and the region.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify common features on a range of maps, drawn at different times.
  • To understand mapping at different scales.

Children will:

  • Examine a range of world and regional maps drawn at the time being studied.
  • Compare ancient with modern maps, discussing the similarities and differences.
  • Write annotations for maps.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 2 Discover: the life story of Muhammad (pbuh)

Objectives

History

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

Computing

  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Use a range of sources to discover more about the life of Muhammad (pbuh).

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To piece together the biography of a key figure in history, choosing reliable evidence from a range of sources.
  • To evaluate the reliability of information sourced from the Internet.

Children will:

  • Use a wide range of sources to discover more about the life of Muhammad (pbuh).

You Will Need

Books (suggestions only):

  • Life in the Early Islamic World
  • Early Islamic Empires (Lizann Flatt)
  • Marvellous Stories from the Life of Muhammad (pbuh) (Mardijah Aldrich Tarantino)
  • Tell Me About the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) (Saniyasnain Khan)

Weblinks

BBC documentary -YouTube clip (N.B. First 50 seconds only as subsequent footage depicts recent acts of terrorism that are not appropriate for KS2);
BBC KS2 ‘The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from bbc.co.uk
BBC Islam 'Class clips' from bbc.co.uk
Islamic finder from islamicfinder.org
Muhammad (pbuh): Prophet of Islam from britannica.com
Reliable sources of information from writingcommons.org
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 3 Record: the life of Muhammad (pbuh)

Objectives

History

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

Computing

  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Put together a chronological account of the life of Muhammad (pbuh) using ICT ‘soundbite’ news clips.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To piece together the biography of a key figure in history, evaluating reliable evidence from a range of sources.
  • To evaluate the reliability of information sourced from the internet.
  • To apply knowledge of sound-recording IT skills.

Children will:

  • Use ICT to record ‘soundbite’ news reports charting key events in the life of Muhammad (pbuh), assembling clips to form a chronological account.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 4 Division and conflict

Objectives

History

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

Teaching and Activities

Find out about the difficult time following the death of Muhammad (pbuh).

Teaching Outcomes:

  • Find out about the difficult time following the death of Muhammad (pbuh).

Children will:

  • Research, then create and illustrate a storyboard depicting key events following the death of Muhammad (pbuh).

Provided Resources

  • Storyboarding the events that followed the death of Muhammad (pbuh) in CE 632, (to be used for Easy/Medium/Hard activities (consider enlarging to A3 if appropriate)

You Will Need

Book (suggestion only)

  • The Role of Religion in the Early Islamic World (Jim Whiting)

Weblinks

As always we recommend that you watch links in advance of the lesson. This is especially important as this session addresses potentially contentious issues.

The origins of the split in Islam -YouTube clip
A summary of how Islam split from bbc.co.uk
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 The spread of Islamic Civilisation

Objectives

History

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

Teaching and Activities

Summarise the key events of early Islamic conquests and place on a timeline.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To gain historical perspective by placing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history.
  • To understand more about the expansion of early Islamic Civilisation.

Children will:

  • Read about and watch films recounting some of the early Islamic conquests.
  • Summarise key events in writing, then place on a timeline alongside concurrent events from ‘civilisations’ that the chn have already studied, e.g. Anglo-Saxons, Vikings.

Provided Resources

  • Pro-forma for research notes on key early Islamic conquests
  • Pro-forma for writing about and illustrating key early Islamic conquests
  • Teacher information on ‘concurrent’ events from world history

You Will Need

Books (suggestions only):

  • The Role of Religion in the Early Islamic World (Jim Whiting)
  • Early Islamic Empires (Lizann Flatt)