Scheme of Work: Ancient Sumer

Primary Scheme of Work

By Alf Wilkinson, published 12th January 2017

The Cradle of Civilisation

Ancient Sumer is often called 'the Cradle of Civilisation'. The Ancient Greeks called it Mesopotamia - the land between two rivers. It is where cities first developed, agriculture began and writing first appeared. One eminent historian records 39 'firsts' for Sumer! Most of this was lost until the 20th century, when archaeologists began to uncover hidden treasures. One of these excavated treasures, the so-called 'Standard of Ur', forms the basis of this Scheme of Work.

NB: This scheme of work is designed to sit alongside the article on Ancient Sumer in Primary History (Issue 69, Spring 2015), which contains an introduction to the key elements of Ancient Sumer. 'Making a Picture of Mesopotamia in our Heads' (Primary History Issue 65, Autumn 2013) also describes an extended project based on a visit to the British Museum Mesopotamian gallery.

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