Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Egyptians

Block G - The Nile

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 incredible, life-giving River Nile and its impact on civilisation in Egypt. Use the maps and models made in previous sessions to present your learning to visitors.

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.

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01: The river

Locate and describe the River Nile; list some of the animals and plants associated with the Nile; in a group create a large scale map of the River Nile in Egypt.

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02: Farmers

Learn about the three seasons in the Ancient Egyptian farming year; understand the importance of the Nile in providing both water and fertile soil for the Ancient Egyptians; construct a working model of a shaduf to add to your Nile map.

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03: Crops and animals

Plan and make a model Ancient Egyptian farm to add to your Nile model.

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04: Transport

Describe the boats that Ancient Egyptians used for transport along the Nile; make a model reed boat and test it for the Pharaoh!

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05: Importance of the Nile

Using the map and models you have made in the previous sessions, work together in a group to prepare a presentation about the importance of the River Nile to the Ancient Egyptians.