Educational Portfolio Contents

Our Educational Portfolio includes a variety of educational, academic and practical teaching tools, resources and activities. The contents can be adjusted to suit particular needs:

  • City 1250 Film and accompanying activity sheets

Students watch a short film in which four teenagers discuss their forthcoming year on the (fictional) reality TV show City 1250. Each teenager tells of his or her worries about living in a reconstructed city in the Islamic world in the year 1250. Students then discover how the science and technology of the time addresses each of the teenagers’ worries. They learn about the advances of Muslim scientists in eight vital fields, and consider how their work influenced future scientists in fields including Geography, Astronomy, Pharmacy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  • CE4tF Poster set

Posters appropriate for schools, colleges and homes. Beautifully designed, for use as subject specific lesson aids, for information or even for own mini exhibition.

  • A Journey of Ideas Teaching Tool

This takes us to Baghdad in the year 1250 as its base and analyses its achievements and influence using both a historical and a scientific approach. It has been developed by key members of The Historical Association and The Association for Science Education.

  • Library of Secrets film

Oscar-winning actor and screen legend Sir Ben Kingsley has taken the starring role in this short feature film about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation. Sir Ben takes on the role of a mysterious and cantankerous librarian who takes a group of schoolchildren on an enlightening journey to pioneering scientists and engineers, both men and women, from the Muslim civilisation.

  • CE4tF Teacher’s Pack

This maps historical, scientific and technological discoveries relevant to the schools National Curriculum. The pack contains teacher’s guides and experiments to use in school. It is devised for supporting teachers in the classroom.

  • The 1001 Inventions Book

A fascinating reference and guidebook which has been authenticated and peer reviewed, that takes teachers and students on a voyage of discovery through a thousand years of science and technologies, meeting medieval pioneers whose ingenious inventions have helped create our world today.

  • 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts ‘Kids’ Book

This activity book uses the winning formula of facts, photos and fun. Each page is packed with information on the little known history of Muslim civilisation, showing how their achievements still apply practically and scientifically to our world today. This is accompanied by a Teacher’s Guide.

  • Supplementary research

Additional information and more detailed coverage with a comprehensive collection of articles, lectures and discourses from leading academics including Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Professor George Saliba and TV presenters Adam Hart-Davis and Bettany Hughes.

  • MIT Blossoms

The MIT-based BLOSSOMS program is creating a repository of interactive science and math video lessons at the secondary school level.  The focus is on developing critical thinking skills, excitement about math and science, showing science/math relevance to everyday life, and – very important — cross-cultural awareness and appreciation. Visit the BLOSSOMS Video Library anytime to browse and download lessons to use in your classroom. Every lesson is a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic.” –

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