Egypt

What is it that fascinates us about Ancient Egypt? We have such a range of surviving artefacts, art and documents that provide a unique window into life and death so long ago. Howard Carter finding Tutankhamun’s tomb almost intact and so well preserved is one of the most exciting finds of the 20th century. In this section you will find podcasts, articles and resources to develop your knowledge of this ancient civilisation.

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  • Diagrams in History

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    One of the gifts of the social sciences to history is the use of expository diagrams; but attention is rarely given to the history of diagrams. Maps - schematized representations of locations in spatial relation to one another - can be dated back to Babylonia in the late third millennium...

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  • Drama: Ancient Egypt - Akhenaten

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    This exemplar outlines a lesson John Fines taught to a class of Year 3 children. He was visiting them for the first time to do some drama work. The children already knew a great deal about the Ancient Egyptians and were also used to learning through drama. John writes:After a...

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  • Ancient Egypt

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Please note: this guide was written before the new National Curriculum...

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  • Pyramid building

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    How did the ancient Egyptians build the pyramids? This lesson on pyramid-building includes visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning activities catering for a range of learning styles and abilities. There are links with Science, Maths, and DT. For background information see Building the Great Pyramid on the BBC website. (These resources...

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  • The Tomb of Tutankhamun

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    How was Tutankhamun's tomb discovered? Using a photograph as a source of historical information. (These resources are attached below) The lesson aims were for children to: understand the circumstances surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb develop their skills in scanning, observing and focusing, and questioning use sources to find out...

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  • Making links: Myths, legends and problem-solving with the Greeks

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    Introduction: Meaningful links"Teachers will be able to make links within and across areas of learning to help children understand how each distinctive area links to and is supported by others."(Rose Chap 2, 2.23)‘Meaningful links' have been a feature of curriculum practice in primary schools long before there was a national...

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  • Cleopatra Podcast

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    This pod-cast was recorded at the Central London Branch of the Historical Association on Saturday 20th February 2010, at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London.   We were pleased to welcome cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallet to the branch to speak on ‘Cleopatra'.   Lucy Hughes-Hallet detailed how fact and legend about Cleopatra had been intertwined through history in...

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  • Fun with hieroglyphs

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    Synopsis: Fun with Hieroglyphs contains 24 rubber stamps, an ink pad and full colour book. It is recommended for children aged 8 upwards and will enable them to discover the secrets of the hieroglyphic language of the ancient Egyptians. The stamps can be used to write messages and create designs...

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  • KS2 Egyptian Story & Lesson Resource

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    Ma'at's Feather: A story set in Ancient Egypt by Juliet Desailly, The Book Guild,  p/b £6.99 Pub 2008, ISBN: 978 1 84624 273 1 and accompanying lesson resource Ma'at's Feather: Cross-Curricular Lesson Ideas by Juliet Desailly Pub 2008, ISBN: 978 0 955668 0 4 Reviewed by Alf Wilkinson Ma'at's Feather...

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  • Putting the Story back into History

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    Children love stories. They like the drama, the excitement, the chance to listen and to wonder. Narrative is a very important part of history and sometimes, by concentrating on facts or on skills, we tend to lose the view of the big picture, especially in the Key Stage 2 curriculum...

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  • Two Babies That Could Have Changed World History

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    'At last have made wonderful discovery in Valley; a magnificent tomb with seals intact; re-covered same for your arrival. Congratulations.’ This telegram was sent from Luxor on the 6th November 1922 by Howard Carter to his coarchaeologist Lord Carnarvon in Britain. It started the Tut·ankh·Amen story which led to a...

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