Scheme of Work: Exploring Benin’s Big Picture of the Past

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 2 History (resourced)

By Dr Paul Bracey; updated December 2019

How important is Eweka’s story?

This unit provides children the opportunity to look at Benin, a non-European society which is very different from their own. Children should make links between Benin and a bigger picture of Africa's past as well as its changing relationship with Britain in order to consider the significance of the arrival of the Eweka Dynasty in the 12th century. They should make use of a range of sources including pictures of the Benin bronzes, written accounts and pictures, together with oral tradition.

This unit is structured around 3 sequential enquiries:

  1. What is Africa’s Big Picture?
  2. If objects could speak what story would they tell?
  3. Why was Benin worth visiting in Tudor and Stuart times?
  4. Telling a good story: Why is the story of Eweka so important?

This scheme is supported by the following articles (NB available to HA members only):

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