Indus

Along with Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Indus civilisation is one of three of the old world. Spanning the 4th to the second millennium, the Indus civilisation stretched across parts of northern India and Pakistan. In this section you will find podcasts, articles and resources to develop your knowledge of this ancient civilisation.

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  • Case Study 5: Animation

    Article

    Introduction Since the advent of animation software for schools, I wanted to trial an animation project, inspired by the quirky human and animal figurines, model wheeled carts and toys, all of terracotta, from the Bronze Age Indus Valley civilisation which clamour for clay / plasticine animation. A rich source of historical...

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  • Indus Valley KS2 Commonwealth Institute resources

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    When the Indus Valley was first included in the English National Curriculum, the Commonwealth Institute, London, commissioned a teaching & activity pack, published 1995. Its' sections covered key questions and aspects of the topic, offering a choice of activities andapproaches.  It was recommended by QCA (QCDA) in the 1998 non-statutory...

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  • Investigating the Indus Valley (2600-1900 B.C.)

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    In 1924 The Illustrated London News broke the story of a sensational discovery in the Indian subcontinent. Ruined mounds at Mohenjodaro and Harappa, 600 km apart, were forgotten cities of a lost civilisation. Nearly all we know about the Indus Civilisation comes from archaeology. What survives leaves many unanswered questions,...

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  • Podcast Series: The Indus Valley Civilisation

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    In this set of podcasts Dr Mark Manuel of the University of Durham looks at the Indus Valley Civilisation.

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  • Primary Scheme of Work: Indus Valley

    Article

    This unit on the Indus Valley Civilisation (2600-1900) BCE gives children the opportunity to study an ancient, 'lost' urban civilisation discovered by archaeologists in the Indian subcontinent, early 20th Century. The story of its discovery and the surviving evidence – architecture and artefacts – helps children understand how we  can...

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  • Scheme of Work: Comparing Ancient Civilisations

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    What do all the Ancient Civilisations have in common? This enquiry provides an overview of the Ancient Civilisations of Egypt, Sumer, Indus Valley and Shang, showing where and when they developed, the similarities between them and how they relate to a broadly based chronological understanding of the past. It provides a...

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  • So was everyone an ancient Egyptian?

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    I will be honest – no child has actually asked me if the world was ever full of Ancient Egyptians! Having said that, by focusing on one part of the world, children are left with either this impression or the idea that nothing was happening elsewhere in the world. Clearly,...

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  • Teaching The Indus Valley Civilisation in the 21st Century

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    This article discusses how mathematical concepts, literacy requirements and other areas of the curriculum can be harnessed to promote meaningful historical enquiry and understanding. This is especially so for a history topic which lends itself to enquiry based learning, scrutiny of every little clue, and speculation about the very many...

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