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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  • A creative Egyptian project

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    IntroductionIdeally when teaching history, teachers will look to deliver projects that will engage and motivate, hopefully making the hard work of being creative stimulating and rewarding, based upon questioning, enquiry, investigation of sources and reaching conclusions grounded in the evidence.Ancient Egypt is one of those history topics which, because it...

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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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  • Ankhu and Nebu of Deir el Medina

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    Perhaps the hardest skill to develop in history is a sense of period. What was it really like to live in Ancient Egypt? Who should we study? Or, in this case, which workers were typical? Were these craftsmen in Deir el Medina typical of all the workers in Egypt? Or...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans 1-4

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    Lesson Plans 1 & 2: Introduction to what Egyptians believed.  How do we know? Polytheistic, gods, goddesses, creation. Wall paintings, gods and preparation for the afterlife. Comparison of Christian creation story to that of Ancient Egypt. Lesson Plan 3: Myth, Ra, Osiris, Isis, Horus. Beliefs and attitudes of the past. Religious...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans 12-20

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    Lesson Plan 12: What did the Egyptians believe about death and what happens to you when you die? Lesson Plans 13 & 14: Embalming, ka, ba, akh, mummification, canopic jar, pyramid, tomb.   Pupils look at the process of mummification and then make their own mummies and canopic jars. Lesson Plans...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans 5-11

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    Lesson Plans 5 & 6: Luxor, Akhenaten, Guisa, Valley of the Kings. Pupils to use archaeological electronic reconstructions to make virtual tours, learning about structure and use of different parts. Then design/build their own. Lesson Plans 7-9: Festival, Opet, celebration. Pupils compare Ancient Egyptian festivals to modern such as Easter, Diwali...

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  • Beliefs in Ancient Egypt: Scheme of Work

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    This unit on Ancient Egypt offers pupils the chance to look at another civilisation very different from their own. Students can be introduced to the key features of Ancient Egyptian civilisation through the beliefs and attitudes of these ancient people.  Students should examine the similarities and differences between their ancient...

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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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  • 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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  • Egyptians, Embalming and Experiences: ITT placement

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    Egyptians, Embalming and Experiences: ITT placement at Leeds City Museum I am a third year student currently studying on a 4 year degree course at Leeds Trinity University College training to be a primary school teacher. Last year, as part of our History module, we visited the Leeds City Museum...

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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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  • 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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  • Making use of outstanding resources in museums

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    "They do love the mummies...." Making use of outstanding resources in the Ashmolean MuseumIntroduction‘An embarrassment of riches' is not an inappropriate description of the new ancient Egyptian galleries in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The Ashmolean has always been famous for its Egyptian collection, being the product of the work...

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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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  • 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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  • Scheme of Work: Comparing Ancient Civilisations

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    What do all the Ancient Civilisations have in common? This enquiry provides an overview of the Ancient Civilisations of Egypt, Sumer, Indus Valley and Shang, showing where and when they developed, the similarities between them and how they relate to a broadly based chronological understanding of the past. It provides a...

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  • Scheme of Work: How did the civilization of Egypt wax and wane?

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    This teaching toolkit takes a fresh new look at this much-taught topic and provides the basis for a rigorous enquiry led approach for children in key stage 2. Packed full of ideas and links to resources, this toolkit provides a step by step guide to teaching the Egyptians from why...

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  • So was everyone an ancient Egyptian?

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    I will be honest – no child has actually asked me if the world was ever full of Ancient Egyptians! Having said that, by focusing on one part of the world, children are left with either this impression or the idea that nothing was happening elsewhere in the world. Clearly,...

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