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National Curriculum in England - History
At Key Stage 2 (ages 7 – 11), pupils should be taught about a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history. One of the studies recommend is Benin (West Africa) c.AD 900 -1300.
By: Benin Civilisation
You will find good teaching materials on this web site created specifically to support the topic:
The website includes teachers and pupils sections. It provides links to other websites with excellent teaching ideas in all curriculum areas and stages. The website has been described as an ‘Aladdin Cave of teaching and learning resources;’ due to links on it to vast areas of educational materials.
Various fiction and non fictions books have also been written to support the topic; these books are available online at Amazon on this link:
This topic is an exciting one to teach particularly when pupils are given opportunities to debate various issues e.g. 15th century explorations and childhood experiences across times and cultures. Independent research and write ups, speaking and listening in group presentation exercises, all help to improve pupils learning skills in both curriculum and personal development.