Scheme of Work: Significant Individuals at Key Stage 1: Ibn Battuta

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 1 History (unresourced)

By Penelope Harnett, published 3rd November 2020

How important was Ibn Battuta as an explorer?

The history programme of study for Key Stage 1 requires pupils to be taught about: 'The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, some of whom should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods.'

In this unit, children are introduced to the lives of explorers and the different challenges they met when travelling the world. The unit is structured around 3 history enquiries:

  1. Who are explorers and where have some explorers travelled in different periods of time?
  2. Who was Ibn Battuta and when did he travel?
  3. How important was Ibn Battuta?

Unit 1 can serve as an introductory enquiry. With adaptions units 1 and 3 could also be used to conclude a series of enquiries on explorers.

Please note: While this unit contains resource suggestions, it is not a fully resourced scheme of work, and the resources it refers to may in some cases only be available to full members of the HA.

The majority of the HA schemes of work were produced between 2014-2019 by members of the HA primary committee and its affiliates. These schemes of work are designed to support your planning and should be moulded and adapted to fit the context and needs of your own school. 

To view a free sample scheme of work, please refer to our Anglo-Saxons unit.

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