History KS2: Introduction to the Indus Valley

A young girl, Suri, goes to the city market to help out her mother, who has left her identification seals at home.

She introduces us to life in the ancient Indus Valley 4,500 years ago, where civilisation depends on farming and trade.

The importance of the Indus River is emphasised, both for farming and for travel, as well as the design of the city and its houses.

The city traded with other countries and cities, even though they did not use money.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to explore city planning and homes.

Would they have liked to live in this city? Why? Why not?

Pupils could compare the city to cities today, and explore the role of the Indus River in the growth of the civilisation.

In what ways was the river good for the area, and in what ways was it bad?

Could be used to explore the idea of trading without money.

How do you decide what a chicken is worth? What do you compare it to?

Pupils can compare and contrast Indus Valley barter and trade as it stands today.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is relevant for teaching History at Key Stage 2 and Second Level.

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