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A Literary Leaf for The Humans


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Exploration & Discovery

Author(s): Jonny Marx and Charlie Davis

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 15 session Literary Leaf for The Humans: Ancient Civilisations and the Astonishing Things they Taught Us by Jonny Marx and Charlie Davis.   Spanning all of history's known ancient civilisations, children will compare achievements, stories, language, myths and more from each of era.  Along the way they will develop their skills of retrieval, inference, summarising and comparing to complete activities, as well asking and answering questions and debating important points like 'what really have been the greatest inventions of all time?' 

Synopsis of Text:

We chose this book as a Literary Leaf to complement texts under the theme 'Exploration & Discovery' on the Literary Curriculum, although it would also be a brilliant text to study in its own right. The book showcases the greatest achievements of ancient civilisations, peoples and iconic figures from history. From the Nubians to the Native Americans, and the Akkadians to the Aztecs, our predecessors have pioneered a plethora of wonderful and wacky inventions, technologies and practices. They've constructed monumental buildings and sprawling cities, created languages, modes of transport, art, medicines, music, stories, myths and more. Let's delve into the past and discover what humankind accomplished in the centuries and millennia since the first civilisations were formed...

Links to Curriculum areas, other Literary Leaves and Planning Sequences:

This book would complement any of the texts under the theme 'Exploration & Discovery' on the Literary Curriculum for Year 3.

Humans, ancient, civilisations, Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Nubians, Phoenecians, inventions, Aboriginal Australians, Sumerians, Chinese, Mongol Empire, Celts, Vikings

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