Uks2 Topic: Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Sumer Block A: Introducing Ancient Sumer



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UKS2 Topic: Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Sumer Block A: Introducing Ancient Sumer

Place the Ancient Sumer civilisation on a world history timeline and understand what Britain was like at the time. Learn about the rise and fall of the Sumerian civilisation and the invasion by the Akkadians. Read the legend of Sargon the Great, understand the revival and then further decline of Sumerian civilisation, including the invasion by the Elamites, read the Lament of Ur and write a lament of your own.

Block A: Introducing Ancient Sumer [4 sessions]

Main outcome: History

Other outcomes: English, Geography, Art

By the end of this block you will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’ and ‘civilisation’.

  • Understand historical concepts such as similarity, difference and significance.

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between economic, military, political, religious and social history, and between short- and long-timescales.

  • Draw on reading and research where necessary.

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

  • Use further presentational devices to structure text.

  • Use other similar writing as models for their own.

  • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of poetry.

  • Make comparisons across texts.

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps and focussing on their environmental regions and key physical characteristics.

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features.

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and working with clay.

Session 1: History and English

Back in Time

Place the Ancient Sumer civilisation on a world history timeline. Describe what Britain was like at the start of the Ancient Sumer civilisation.

Children will:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies.

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between short- and long-term timescales.

  • Understand the abstract term ‘civilisation’.

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

  • Use further presentational devices to structure text.

  • Draw on reading and research where necessary.

Session 2: History and Geography

Snapshot

Label a map of Ancient Sumer and its surroundings. Understand that Ancient Sumer was part of the Fertile Crescent (Cradle of Civilisation. Learn about the terrain, climate and geography of Ancient Sumer.

Children will:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies.

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understand of abstract terms such as ‘civilisation’.

  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps and focusing on their environmental regions and key physical characteristics.

  • Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features.

  • Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography.

Session 3: History and Art

The Akkadians

Understand the decline in the Sumerian civilisation and the invasion by the Akkadians. Read the legend of Sargon the Great.

Research the Sumerian army, including weapons and tactics. Draw a battle scene in the style of Sumerian records.

Children will:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies; the expansion and dissolution of empires.

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understand of abstract terms such as ‘empire’ and ‘civilisation’.

  • Understand the connections between economic and military history.

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including working with clay.

Session 4: History and English

Revival… and Attack

Learn about the revival and then further decline of Sumerian civilisation and the invasion by the Elamites. Read the Lament of Ur. Compare the Lament of Ur with later laments from the Old Testament. Write a lament.

Children will:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; characteristic features of past non-European societies; the expansion and dissolution of empires.

  • Gain historical perspective by placing their knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between short- and long-term timescales.

  • Understand historical concepts such as similarity, difference and significance.

  • Continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of poetry.

  • Make comparisons across texts.

  • Use other similar writing as models for their own.



Resources

Session 1

Provided: Earliest Civilisations Timeline; Timeline Cards; Ancient Civilisations of the World; Ancient Sumerian Timeline.

You will need: String; Pegs; Globe and/or atlas; Optional: Books on Neolithic Britain.
Session 2

Provided: Map of the Sumerian Civilisation; Ubaidian Painted Pottery; Mesopotamia Timeline Events; Fertile Crescent; Ancient Sumer Blank Map; Map Features; The Persian Gulf Coastline.

You will need: Globe and/or atlas.
Session 3

Provided: Images of Sargon the Great; The Legend of Sargon; The Sumerian List of Kings; Sumerian Weapons; Records of Battles.

You will need: Drawing pencils and paper.
Session 4

Provided: Images of King Gudea; Images of Ur-Nammu; Lament for Ur; Psalm 137.

You will need: Simple musical instruments.

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