In history this term, year 5 have studied the Ancient Islamic Civilisation. This important civilisation began around AD624 when the prophet Muhammad began the Islamic religion in Saudi Arabia. Firstly, the children created a timeline of significant events in the development of the civilisation from beginning to end. As the new religion spread across the middle east and north Africa, the conquest of new countries by religious leaders lead to the birth of the Islamic Empire. For a period of over 500 years, Islamic culture flourished with significant advances and discoveries made in mathematics, science, astronomy, medicine and philosophy. Much of the work of these scholars still influences our lives today. Year 5 then studied the ancient city of Baghdad in Iraq, which was the capital of the Islamic empire. Then the children created a poster to attract visitors to the city explaining how the location, layout and lifestyle made it such a successful and important place. Finally, the children learned about some of the most famous scholars of the time, and the discoveries or advances they contributed to. One such advancement was the creation of algorithms, which have developed into those used in computer programming today. Another everyday example of an algorithm is a recipe. The children were given the challenge of creating an algorithm for making a jam sandwich. When they shared their algorithms for their teacher to follow, they soon learned about the importance of detail and small precise steps!
Article 13 – We all have the right to share what we learn, think and feel with others.