Lesson Plan: History ages 9-12


Test yourself

Classroom Activity

Learning objectives

  • To be able to appreciate how the building of the Jewel of Muscat, and other replica ships, help historians to understand the past.
  • To be able to work effectively as part of a team towards a common goal.

Success criteria

  • Can demonstrate and use the historical understanding gained from studying ancient ship remains and the reconstruction of them.
  • Can work within a team effectively to achieve a product.
  • Can evaluate the effectiveness of a team and reflect on improvements.

Thinking skills

Evaluating: judge, select, appraise, review

Understanding: describe, explain, report, select, summarise

Applying: demonstrate, employ, illustrate, interpret,


  • Internet access.
  • Student books and pencils.
  • Internet access.
  • Webcams and/or mobile telephones.

Starter activity

  • Discuss how the building of replica ships can help develop a greater understanding of history.

Main activities

  • Guide and monitor the students through the activity sheet.
  • Divide class into groups for activities 2 and 3.
  • Groups choose a replica ship each.


Discuss:  If no ancient ship remains ever survived the course of time, what evidence would be available for historians to study and learn from?