Block C - Pharaohs and Pyramids
Learn all about the Ancient Egyptians. Investigate the men and women who studied the kingdoms and explore their discoveries. Look at some of the Pharaohs and the development of the pyramids, as well as the mythology that surrounded this early civilisation. Look at the role the Nile had in allowing this civilisation to flourish and examine daily life, comparing it to our own.
Learn about the mighty rulers of Ancient Egypt, their dynasties, battles and burials. Discover their symbols and crowns. Share knowledge and understanding of the pharaohs by staging an Ancient Egyptian exhibition.
This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.
Explain how the rulers of Ancient Egypt were divided into families or dynasties and know how rich and powerful the pharaohs were. Describe the crowns and symbols of pharaohs; make a double crown (Pschent) of Ancient Egypt.
List some well-known pharaohs. Research and record facts about an individual pharaoh to make a fact file.
Name some Ancient Egyptian pharaohs who led their army into battle successfully; list the weapons used by the Ancient Egyptians; design, build and decorate a model of an Ancient Egyptian chariot.
Describe early burials in Ancient Egypt. Explain why mummification was developed to preserve bodies for the afterlife; describe the mummification process; make a model of a mummy; understand the importance of The Book of the Dead.
Explain how the structure of pyramids developed over the years. Describe the purpose of the pyramids and make 3D models of pyramids using 2D nets.
Appreciate what a hard task it was for the Ancient Egyptians to build the pyramids. Understand that we cannot be sure of the methods that were used to build pyramids and learn of some of the difficulties they may have faced!
Describe the shape of The Sphinx at Giza. Understand the importance of The Sphinx to the Ancient Egyptians and make a model of The Sphinx.
Explain why it is thought that pyramids were no longer built for Pharaoh’s tombs during the New Kingdom; describe the Ancient Egyptian style of depicting people; draw and paint a figure in the Ancient Egyptian style.
Bring together your findings about pharaohs and their burials. Prepare and give a presentation to an invited audience, making connections between different periods of Ancient Egyptian history.