Scheme of Work: Comparing Ancient Civilisations

Scheme of Work for Primary History, Key Stage 2

Chris Trevor and Paul Bracey, last updated: 26th October 2019

Introduction to early civilisation units

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 context for studying one of them in depth.

Key vocabulary: civilisation, dynasty, location, river valley, irrigation, achievements.

Please note that this scheme of work contains resource suggestions, however it is not a fully-resourced scheme of work. To view a sample scheme of work, please refer to our Anglo-Saxons unit

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