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Ancient Egyptians.

(All lessons added 19th May 2020).

 

Over the next few weeks, we will be learning all about the Ancient Egyptians (one of my favourite topics!) We will be looking at the achievements of this ancient civilisation. You will learn about how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, who Tutankhamun was and how mummies were made. You will also learn about how Egyptian people used hieroglyphs to communicate and compare the powers of different gods.

 

I hope you enjoy this topic as much as I do! You can choose to present your work on the Egyptians however you choose. You could create a learning log, a beautiful double page spread, newspaper reports, interviews, extended pieces of writing, pictures, photographs, videos, animation, models...let's see how creative you can be! 

 

I can't wait to see what you produce!

 

 

Lesson 1: Who were the Ancient Egyptians?

 

  • Where and when did the Ancient Egyptians live?
  • Can you find Egypt on a map?
  • Where do the Ancient Egyptians fit on a timeline? Which other periods of history do you know that were before, during or after this time?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zg87xnb/articles/z6x2382/

Lesson 2: What was life like in Ancient Egypt?

 

How different was Ancient Egypt from today? Find out what food, drink, and possessions would be in ancient Egyptian homes, and what sort of jobs people would do.

 

Research what ancient Egyptian homes looked like, then show in pictures, words or a model.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zg87xnb/articles/zr4s8xs/

Lesson 3: Mummies.

 

Learn about what happened to the Ancient Egyptians after they died (WARNING: slightly gory!)

 

  • Can you write a set of instructions as to how to mummify a person?
  • If you have a spare toilet roll, you could use it to mummify a member of your family!
  • Have a go at mummifying a tomato! The instructions are included below.
  • Can you make a canopic jar?

Lesson 5: Who was Tutankhamun?

 

What can you find out about Tutankhamun?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zg87xnb/articles/zvmkhbk/

 

 

Lesson 6: Write like an Egyptian.

 

The ancient Egyptians left behind written records on their buildings and on papyrus scrolls but how do we know what the writing means?

 

Can you write a message using heiroglyphics?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zg87xnb/articles/zvw3mfr/

Lesson 7: The River Nile.

 

Why was the River Nile so important to the Ancient Egyptians?

 

 

The Normans.

Who was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England? What happened in 1066? Who was William the Conqueror? What is the Bayeux Tapestry?

 

Can you be a historian and find the answers to these questions? 

Use the following links and documents to help you learn all about The Normans. Think of this as a project which could last a couple of weeks.You could present your findings as an extended learning log, using pictures, drawings, timelines, written pieces about key people, did you know facts - the list is endless!

 

Have a look on the Art section on our class page for an art activity linked to The Normans!

Norse Mythology.

 

Here is a link to some Viking sagas/Norse mythology. We didn't get an opportunity to look at these sagas in great depth so I thought you might like to watch some!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/english-ks2-viking-sagas/zvrmy9q

 

You could even have a go at writing your own Viking saga!

Historical Enquiry: How has life changed within living memory?

 

https://www.mrtdoeshistory.com/changes-within-living-memory

 

Please click on the above link. The aim of the enquiry  is to introduce children to the concept of living memory as a chronological term. It is also a good opportunity for the children to pick up the phone or  video call their older relatives. 

 

There is a video on the website, which explains the task to the children.

 

The children can present their findings in whichever way suits them best - be that creating a PowerPoint, a non-chronological report or drawing. 

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