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The Ancient Sumerian Empire


The Ancient Sumerian Empire

Spring Term


This term, we shall be learning about the Ancient Sumerian Empire who lived in Mesopotamia from around 5000BCE.  During the topic, we shall investigate some of the following ideas:

  • How they lived and where the Empire was located.
  • What their towns and cities were like.
  • What key inventions the Sumerians created.
  • What they believed in; gods and goddesses.



The following websites might be useful for you in your research:

Ducksters History

Mesopotamia Information



We kicked off our topic by becoming Historical Detectives.  We looked at a range of artefacts and considered the things that we could deduce and learn about the Sumerians based on what we saw.  Each group then looked at another artefact and had an hour to produce a piece of work based on it.  They could produce anything that they wished to and, as usual, came up with some very creative ideas...


One group were tasked with looking at the Standard of Ur and considering what it was and what it meant.  They understood it to be telling a story.  They then created a film trailer to show this story...

The Last

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Another group had a picture of the Royal Game of Ur.  They found out about the rules and created a poster with key information.



Another artefact was the headdress which was discovered in the Tombs of Ur.  It is decorated with Golden leaves and flowers.  One group created a poem to show this and another group created a video.

The Goddess of Sunshine


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