Upper Key Stage 2 Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Egyptians
Mythology

Discover the myths and tales that the Ancient Egyptians told about the creation of the world and the lives of the gods and goddesses they worshipped. Take part in the recreation of an Ancient Egyptian festival procession.

Session 1 Creation story

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations.
  • Characteristic features of past non-European societies.
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity, difference and significance.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between cultural, religious and social history.

English

  • Increase their familiarity with a range of books, including myths from other cultures.
  • Make comparisons across books.

Planning and Activities

Retell the Ancient Egyptian creation story and understand why different versions of the creation story exist.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To know the Ancient Egyptian creation story and understand that there are many versions of the story.
  • To compare different versions of the Ancient Egyptian creation story (myth) and retell the story.

Children will:

  • Retell the Ancient Egyptian creation story.
  • Understand why different versions of the creation story exist.
  • Draw a flow chart/ family tree of the creation story.

Provided Resources

  • Ancient Egyptian creation story
  • Creation story resources

You Will Need

  • Stories from Ancient Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley
  • Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs retold by Marcia Williams
  • The Orchard Book of Creation Stories by Margaret Mayo

Session 2 Osiris, Isis, Seth and Horus

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations.
  • Characteristic features of past non-European societies.
  • Gain historical perspective by understanding the connections between cultural, religious and social history.

English

  • Increase their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths from other cultures.
  • Read books that are structured in different ways.
  • Summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph.
  • Use further organisational and presentational devices to structure text.
  • Participate in role play.

Art

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing.

Planning and Activities

Explain why Ancient Egyptians told their myths; retell the story of Isis, Osiris, Seth and Horus using role-play and a comic strip in the style of Marcia Williams.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn another myth of Ancient Egypt and appreciate the fact that the Ancient Egyptians used these myths to try to explain the world around them.
  • To compare different versions of the story of Isis, Osiris, Horus and Seth and retell the story in different ways.
  • To draw scenes from the story of Isis, Osiris, Horus and Seth in the style of the Ancient Egyptians.

Children will:

  • Explain why Ancient Egyptians told their myths.
  • Retell the story of Isis, Osiris, Seth and Horus using role play.
  • Retell the story in the form of a comic strip in the style of Marcia Williams.
  • Draw figures in the Ancient Egyptian style.

Provided Resources

  • The Story of Osiris, Isis and Seth
  • Additional god images

You Will Need

  • Stories from Ancient Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley
  • Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs retold by Marcia Williams
  • Digital camera
  • Sketching pencils
  • Watercolour crayons/crayons/pastels

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 Other Gods

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations.
  • Characteristic features of past non-European societies.
  • Gain historical perspective by understanding the connections between cultural, religious and social history.

Design and Technology

  • Design purposeful, appealing products for themselves.
  • Generate their ideas through talking and drawing.
  • Select from and use a range of tools & materials.
  • Evaluate their products.

Planning and Activities

Understand that the Ancient Egyptians worshipped many different gods & goddesses; plan, make and evaluate an Ancient Egyptian headdress.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand that the Ancient Egyptians worshipped many gods and goddesses and that the gods and goddesses could be recognised by different symbols.
  • To plan and make an Ancient Egyptian headdress.

Children will:

  • Understand that the Ancient Egyptians worshipped many different gods & goddesses.
  • Describe the headdresses of a range of gods and goddesses.
  • Plan and make an Ancient Egyptian headdress.
  • Evaluate their Ancient Egyptian headdress.

You Will Need

  • Thin card
  • Newspaper and watered down PVA glue for papier-mâché
  • Powder paints
  • Watered-down PVA for shiny effect
  • Materials to stick on, e.g. feather, corrugated card, aluminium foil, fabrics, wools, coloured straws
  • Masking tape
  • PVA glue
  • Aprons

Session 4 Temples and priests

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations.
  • Characteristic features of past non-European societies.
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, similarity, difference and significance.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between cultural, religious and social history.

Design and Technology

  • Generate and develop their ideas through talking and drawing.
  • Select from and use a range of materials.

Planning and Activities

Investigate the main sections of a typical Ancient Egyptian temple; learn some of the duties carried out by priests and priestesses and make a model temple.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the purpose of Ancient Egyptian temples and describe the basic functions of priests.
  • To plan and make an Ancient Egyptian Temple with a removable roof.

Children will:

  • Describe the main sections of a typical Ancient Egyptian temple.
  • List some of the duties carried out by priests and priestesses.
  • Make a model temple.

Provided Resources

  • Mummified animals
  • Mourner images
  • Temple Images

You Will Need

  • See inside Ancient Egypt by Rob Lloyd Jones and David Hancock
  • Shoeboxes or similar
  • Kitchen towel card middles or similar
  • Masking tape

Session 5 Festivals

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations.
  • Characteristic features of past non-European societies.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between cultural, religious and social history, and between short- and long-timescales.

Design and Technology

  • Generate their ideas through talking and drawing.
  • Select from and use a range of tools.
  • Select from and use a range of materials.

Planning and Activities

Learn about Ancient Egyptian festivals and processions; discover the musical instruments that were played in Ancient Egypt and make your own sistrum.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the importance of festivals to the Ancient Egyptians.
  • To create a life-sixe sarcophagus as a class.
  • To make their own sistrum.

Children will:

  • Describe an Ancient Egyptian festival.
  • Describe an Ancient Egyptian funeral procession.
  • List the musical instruments that were played in Ancient Egypt.
  • Make their own sistrum.

Provided Resources

  • Ancient Egyptian Calendar
  • Funeral barges
  • Festival images

You Will Need

  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Masking tape
  • Wire coat hanger
  • 1m length of similar wire or corrugated card
  • Florist wire or string
  • Ring pulls
  • Beer bottles tops
  • Foil food dishes or aluminium foil
  • Craft knife
  • Card rolls (e.g. kitchen towel inner)
  • Felt tips/paints – red, blue, yellow, green, black & white

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.