Primary Scheme of Work: Indus Valley

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 2 History

By Ilona Aronovsky, published 22nd July 2021

How can we investigate the Indus Valley Civilisation?

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 build up a picture about the past. They can be encouraged to make valid historical deductions and inferences, and use cross-curricular activities to support historical enquiry. They can ask and try to answer questions, learning there may not be a correct answer. Archaeologists have explained the same evidence very differently and ideas change as new discoveries are made. There are differences of opinion, alternative scenarios and interpretations to explore, encouraging children to be critical about what historians say and look for reasons why they say it.

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