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This is where you will find our topic work for each week  - after the holidays our new topic will be I want my mummy and is about Ancient Egypt. This work is for all Junior children, as we normally all work together in an afternoon. The topic work should take 3 sessions over the week of about 45 minutes each. For each week of the term I will prepare three sessions to be carried out over the week, as we did last term.

Week beginning 13th July

This week is the last week of term before the Summer, so I have chosen fun activities that you could do at home.

Week 6 - week beginning 6.7.20

Lesson 1 and 2: 

Learn about the Ancient Egyptian Gods, including what they looked like and what their role was. Find images of different gods. Draw a favourite god or goddess and create a poster about them. You can add in great bits of information that you have found.

What did the Ancient Egyptians believe? – Bitesize video. There’s even a song!


Lesson 3:

Write a set of quiz questions about Ancient Egypt and send them to me – I will put the quizzes below for you to try out. If you put an answer sheet at the end of the quiz, that will be better than after each question. I'm looking forward to seeing what you know. 


Week 5 - week beginning 29.6.20

Lesson 1

The book of the dead -

Use a range of historical sources to find out what Ancient Egyptians thought happened to them after they died. Draw pictures or a comic strip to represent what Egyptians believed and use labels or captions to add informative points.


Lesson 2

Look at photos of and information about the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Draw colourful detailed pictures of the decorative artefacts. The Wedjat is an eye symbol of protection for the soul in the after-life. It is common on many important artefacts. There is a documentary on iplayer called Tutankhamun in colour which we have found interesting in school. The most amazing thing is the amount of gold that there was. When you see the black and white footage you don't notice it.


Lesson 3

Use images to investigate the Egyptian Headwear known as ‘nemes’ (neh-mehs). Sketch the nemes and then make your own using card, fabric and gold and blue papers. If you would rather, I have attached some documents with nemes on - one is black and white so that it can be coloured and the other one is in colour to print and assemble.



Week 4 - week beginning 22.6.20

Lesson 1 and 2

Look at the information about different pharaohs –

Hatshepsut -

Horrible Histories Cleopatra song -

Tutankhamun talks -

Need the Pharaohs and Tutankhamun presentations.

Choose four of the most interesting pharaohs and make a poster about them. What was their personality? How long did they rule? What were their special achievements?

Lesson 3

Watch the 5 short videos about building the pyramids -

Build a tomb or pyramid using different sizes of construction materials, Lego, cardboard boxes or any other method you would like. Work indoor or outdoor to construct amazing models. Consider what makes a successful structure.

Week 3 - week beginning 15.6.20 - Mummies


Lesson 1 - History


Read through the lesson presentation document below on Mummies and click on the link below to try to make your own mummy.

Using the knowledge that you now have can you put the steps from the How to Make a Mummy sheet in the right order. (Answers are on the last sheet of the presentation.)

Lesson 2 and 3 - Design Technology - making canopic jars

For the next two lessons we will think about making our own canopic jars. Look at the pictures of canopic jars below. You could make your jar by covering an existing jar, bottle or tube. The head of your jar could be made by papier mache, clay or even just paper or card folded around the top. I would love to see your creations. 


Canopic jar ideas

Week 2 -  week beginning 8.6.20 - What was life like in Ancient Egypt?


Lesson 1 - History

Click on the link and watch the video and read the other information on this page

Write about what daily life was like in Ancient Egypt and the kinds of jobs that people would do.


Lesson 2 - History

Look at the document below - What Life was Like in Ancient Egypt. Follow the instructions on the document - What was life like in Ancient Egypt? -  looking at discussing what might be happening in each of the pictures (Answers are included for adults). After working through the document complete the task writing a postcard to me about the River Nile. Use one of the templates or draw your own.

Lesson 3 - DT - Food technology - make Egyptian flatbread.

Bread was a staple food in the Ancient Egyptian diet. Flour for making bread was made by grinding the grain from wheat or barley.

The Ancient Egyptians made flat bread. Follow the recipe to make your own. You could make it plain or add Middle Eastern fruits such as dates or sultanas. You could eat your flatbread with other common foods in Egypt such as chickpeas, hummus, dates, honey, raisins or pomegranates.

Egyptian flatbread recipe

Week 1 - week beginning - 1.6.20 -  Who were the Ancient Egyptians?


Lesson 1 - History

What do you think of when someone says ‘Ancient Egypt’? Using sketches and words, record what comes to mind. Think about daily life, religion, buildings and death. Make notes about any of these things that you know on the KWL grid, what you KNOW, what you WANT to know and what you have LEARNED. Today you should fill in the first 2 sections of the table. You will fill in the last section at the end of the topic to show how much more you know.


KWL grid - What you KNOW, what you WANT to know, what you have LEARNED

Lesson 2 - Geography

Locate Egypt on a world map. Use online maps and other sources to describe Egypt’s landscape, surrounding countries, seas, climate and geographical features such as the Nile. Locate important places such as Cairo, Giza and the Valley of the Kings. Make a sketch or digital map of Egypt – mark its significant features and add a key. 


For extra fun - you could learn the countries of Africa.




Lesson 3 - History

Watch the video about life in Ancient Egypt:


Create a timeline to show how Ancient Egyptian civilisation developed. Either print and order the events on the timeline sheet or draw your own version of this in your book. Be careful when ordering the dates BC.


Extension: Add in these events: the reign of Tutankhamen (1332-1323BC), The Unity of Upper and Lower Egypt (3000BC), Building of the Great Pyramid of Giza (2584BC). As you find out more facts, you could add more dates such as the reign of other Pharaohs.

Timeline activity