When teaching this Benin unit, you are advised to use the medium-term planner on teaching Benin at KS2 in the medium-term planning section which links the learning strategies directly to specific well-chosen objectives which are pitched at the right age group, in this case Y5.

The Benin lessons and smart tasks are based on 6 motivating key questions, designed to bring out the central historical skills and concepts related to this topic, as well as ideas for a home study and assessment task. The learning is built up progressively as the topic develops, until towards the end of the topic when pupils’ deeper understanding of Benin is assessed. Whilst we have provided a comprehensive guide to meeting the curriculum requirements for teaching the history of Benin c.1000, we have also left enough space for you to diamond polish the whole scheme by adding your own ideas.

In teaching the lesson ‘Should the Benin bronzes be returned?’ to my year 6 class, the children enjoyed a lively and thought-provoking debate whilst developing their understanding of how people’s perspectives on historical events may differ. Such a fantastic resource – thank you Keystage history.  Hannah Coulman, Henry Cavendish School.

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Benin knowledge organiser – KS2

Benin was a very important civilization, not just within Africa but in world history too. An important part of what…

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Benin – KQ1 – Why do YOU think we should study Benin in KS2 history? SMART TASK

After setting Benin in its context of place and time, pupils tour a gallery of images which give them hints…

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Benin – KQ2 – What sort of place was Benin 500 to 1,000 years ago? SMART TASK

Here pupils are introduced to the idea of a society from a distant time about which very little evidence remains….

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Benin – KQ3 – What can we tell about Benin society at this time from the images and artefacts that have survived?

Using evidence to study Benin This lesson revolves round four principal activities: Fastest Finger First; Mining for meaning, using an…

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Benin – KQ4 – What changes took place when the European settlers started trading? Case study of one of the Benin bronzes

The first part of this session revolves around the encounter between indigenous Benin people and the European traders. It then…

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Benin – KQ5 – Why did the Victorians get involved in Benin and what were the effects on the Benin people? SMART TASK

Following an intriguing slow reveal of an interesting Victorian photograph showing the capture of the Oda’s palace in Benin, pupils…

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Benin – KQ6 – Should the Benin Bronzes be returned? SMART TASK

This lesson is guaranteed to provoke a lively debate. Armed with all the contextual knowledge they need, and stimulated by…

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