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Although the Victorian School specialises in teaching about the Victorian period, we also offer history days that cover other periods. As with our Victorian visits we come to your school to provide an informative and interesting Ancient Egyptians History Day.
Ancient Egypt is defined to have started around 3000BC in an area of North Africa around the Nile River. Although the nation of Egypt still exists today the so-called "Ancient" period finished around 525BC.
The Egyptian Kingdom spread, conquering a number of foreign powers.
We perhaps remember this period of history most for the building of pyramids, some of which still exist today. There was great accomplishment in architecture, and also in art. Egypt developed a writing system, known as heiroglyphics. They were also socially developed, and skilled in the control of the fertile Nile valley to provide adequate food for the population.
Ancient Egyptians practised personal hygiene, washing in the Nile, and they even had a soap which was made from animal fat and chalk. For recreation they enjoyed music and played a variety of instruments. They would also dance.
Children enjoyed a variety of games including some they devised themselves. Adults could watch wrestling, or if they were wealthy enough, go hunting and boating. There was also chariot racing, which has dramatically been portrayed in film.
The Egyptians were pantheistic with over 2000 gods, worshipping many gods, and they built temples for their worship. They also believed in an afterlife and developed a process known as mummification, a process which dried out the corpse, which would preserve the body for the future. They were often buried with goods, believing these could be used after death. To achieve the afterlife, the Egyptians believed it was necessary to perform many good deeds, as well as having a preserved body, and your name written down somewhere. Without these you would be lost forever.
Some of the things we still use today were invented by the Ancient Egyptians including paper and pens, and kohl make-up which was worn on the eyes by men, women and children.
There is much to explore about Ancient EGypt and the subject provides a rich field of study.
This look at the Ancient Egyptians allows children to explore some of the fascinating facts about this old civilisation. Practical and interactive learning is important in these sessions with a range of activities provided, depending upon the age of the pupils and the amount of time available, which could include the following.
General activities include role play, watching an introductory DVD and singing, including a song from the Prince of Egypt.
Where there is sufficient time, groups take part in a range of activities such as:
The day provides an interesting and fun-filled look at the Ancient Egyptians and offers a good base for further teaching after our visit. Throughout the day, as activities progress, background information is given so that learning can take place in an easy and natural manner.
Generally suited for KS2.
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