The Importance of The River Nile
Welcome Year 3 and 4 to our Topic Work on Ancient Egypt. Over the next few days I would like you to present information about the importance of The River Nile. I have attached some information and links for you to look at but feel free to use any books you have at home or the good old power of Google. Just make sure you type in "for kids" after what you are searching for so it comes up with suitable, safe information. I will attach me explaining things rather than typing a very long-winded message! I wish you all luck and hope you enjoy!
P.S. You may wish to split your presentations into 3 sections: Fertile Land, Building Materials and Transportation and do your separate presentation about the 3 seasons, when these were and what happened during these!
Week 2 (Week Commencing 11-1-21) Tutankhamun
Do some research about Tutankhamun. Who was he? Who discovered his tomb and what treasures did they find? Create your own information text about him. This can be handwritten or completed on the computer. You could create your own Powerpoint presentation and post it onto Seesaw.
There are some resources to help you with your research including a link to a BBC video clip. There are also some related art and craft activities you could try.
Week 3 (w/c 18th January) - Landmarks
You will be looking at Egyptian Landmarks this week and be doing some tasks in relation to this.
By now you will know I am a fan of map work and both Y3 and 4 have shown they are skillful in this area.
For our topic work this week, I would like you to locate some landmarks found in Egypt on a map. I have attached some you can choose from which have different levels of difficulty, although you may also draw your own big map and/draw pictures of each landmark yourself.
Google Earth is a great way to look at the different landmarks if you want to. If you type the landmark into Google and type “Google Earth” you can have a good play on there for free and do not have to download Google Earth.
I would like you to research probably the most famous landmark in Egypt; the Pyramids at Giza. Attached are some useful info/links you may use… You may write your information about the pyramids in whatever format you like:
A big poster;
A booklet with a catchy front cover and if you wanted to, different pages with different headings. Perhaps even a contents page…
A Powerpoint presentation – remember when doing it this way, the content is the important part and not the fancy graphics (even if you are a Powerpoint whizz)!
You could print odd bits if you wanted or draw and handwrite all of it. It is up to you!
Remember if you decide to do your own searching on the Internet to always type in “for kids” or ks2 (which stands for Key Stage 2) and to make sure a grown up is close by even if they are working hard doing their own job just to keep an eye on you!
Making your own pyramids...
Attached are some suggestions of how to make your very own pyramids that you may wish to have a go at!
Week 4 (w/c 25-1-21) - Egyptian Gods and Goddesses
Follow the link to BBC Bitesize - 'What did the Ancient Egyptians believe in?' Here you will find videos and activities to introduce different gods and goddesses. Listen to the song and join in using the lyric sheet.
Egyptian God Profiles
Read the information from the Powerpoint about the different gods and goddesses. Find out about their different appearances and roles. Choose one that you are most interested in and use the research template to write about them. Draw a picture of them in the box provided. There is also an information sheet that you can use to help you.
The Legend of Isis and Osiris
Complete the reading comprehension by reading the story about Isis and Osiris and answering the questions. There are different levels of difficulty for you to choose from.
Egyptian Gods Card Game
Play this card game by reading the instructions on the Powerpoint and using the cards provided.
The Ancient Egyptian afterlife was very important in their beliefs. An important process was mummification and this is what you are going to be learning about this week. It may make some of you feel a little bit squeamish but it shows what their beliefs were and that they had such respect about death/the afterlife. Here are some information videos about this:
Some suggested activities are found below. One I think I might have a try at is mummifying fruit!
I have attached some templates where you might write down the process of mummification and draw pictures in the boxes or you could do in the form of a booklet. If you don’t have a printer, you could simply write out and/or draw pictures. DO NOT make any pictures look gruesome and remember to make your instructions detailed and interesting. Remember: A catchy, “How to” title, perhaps a “You will need” list, numbered steps with imperative verbs and Mrs D’s favourite (drum roll please…) TIME LANGUAGE!
You may use the link below to help you with your instructions but don’t just directly copy!
Can you write down 10 fantastic facts you have learnt about mummification that you didn’t know before? You could do a poster showing me this.
You might wish to have a go at this drawing activity and even create a cartoon strip of your own if you want:
Week 6 (w/c 8-2-21) - Ancient Egyptian Daily Life
This week is all about the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians. We will be looking at the houses that they lived in, the clothes they wore, the food they ate and how they entertained themselves. Follow the link below which takes you to BBC Bitesize. Here you can watch a video to introduce it all.
Ancient Egyptian Houses
Read the information from the Powerpoint presentation. Answer the questions and complete the house labelling activity.
Food and Drink
Read the information on the fact sheet and complete the activity sheet. There is also a recipe for making flat bread if you fancy some baking!
Fashion in Ancient Egypt
Read the information from the Powerpoint presentation. Make your own fact sheet about the clothing worn by ancient Egyptians, from the ordinary people to the pharaohs.
Art & Craft Activities
Read the Powerpoint presentation to find out about the different crowns and headdresses in ancient Egypt. Use a photo of yourself to create your own crown art. Follow the instructions to make your own Egyptian jewellery.
Ancient Egyptian Board Games
In ancient Egypt, board games were extremely popular and many different kinds existed, both for two players at a time and multiple players. Very expensive game sets, made of precious materials such as ivory and ebony, have been discovered in tombs throughout Egypt. Dice carved from stone and ivory were typical components of many ancient Egypt games.
The most popular of the ancient Egypt board games was a game called Senet. One of the oldest known Senet board representations ever found was a painting from 2,686 B.C. in the tomb of Hesy-Ra. The board game had three rows of ten squares. Some of the squares had symbols which represented bad and good fortune. Two sets of pawns were used to play the game. The object of the game was to be the first player to pass into the afterlife unscathed by bad fortunes along the way.
You can make and play your own Senet game by using the activity sheet below: