The Ancient Egyptians Year 3 Spring 1

Year 3 will have great fun becoming archaeologists and investigating the Ancient Egyptians for their The Ancient Egyptians topic. They will learn about the Ancient Egyptians gods and beliefs and compare the lives of the pharaohs and the ordinary people. They will look at the location of Egypt and what the country is like. They will investigate hieroglyphs, pyramids, tombs and other ancient artefacts.


Do It!


Write It!

  • Write the diary of Howard Carter, what do you think was going through his mind when he made his great discovery?
  • Write a letter from Howard Carter to King George V telling him about what he had discovered.
  • Make a newspaper front cover about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
  • Write a story set in Ancient Egypt.
  • Write your name using hieroglyphics, practise on paper first then copy it out in best into thick card and stick it to your bedroom door or wall.
  • Write a non-chronological report all about forces; explain the different types of forces and draw some of them in action.


Read It!

  • ‘Ancient Egypt’ by Dorling Kindersley, is full of interesting facts.
  • ‘See inside Ancient Egypt’ by Rob Lloyd Jones, is a non-fiction book full of colourful pictures.
  • ‘Everything Ancient Egypt’ by Crispin Boyer, is another non-fiction book.
  • ‘Ancient Egypt’ (Eyewitness) by Dk, is full of information.
  • ‘Ancient Egypt: Tales of Gods and Pharaohs’ by Marcia Williams, is a collection of stories for young readers.
  • ‘Egyptian Things to Make and Do’ by Emily Bone, will give you lots of ideas of fun crafts and activities.
  • ‘Exploring Ancient Egypt Fun Kit (Dover Fun Kits)’ by Dover Publications Inc., is another book with lots of things to make and do.
  • ‘Ancient Egypt Sticker Book (Usborne Sticker Books)’ by Rob Lloyd Jones, have fun using these Egyptian stickers.
  • ‘Ancient Egyptians Sticker Book (Young History Sticker Books)’ by Fiona Watt, if stickers are your thing you’ll enjoy this book.
  • ‘The Awesome Egyptians (Horrible Histories)’ by Terry Deary, if you love the Horrible Histories television series you’ll love this book.
  • ‘Stories from Ancient Egypt: Egyptian Myths and Legends for Children’ by Joyce A. Tyldesley, is fun to read and teaches you of many of the myths and legends of Ancient Egypt.
  • ‘Can You Feel the Force?: Putting the fizz back into physics (Big Questions)’ by Richard Hammond, buff up your forces knowledge with this fun non-fiction book.
  • ‘Forces Make Things Move (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)’ by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, try out some of these fun experiments at home.
  • ‘Friction and Resistance (Fantastic Forces)’ by Chris Oxlade, is full of interesting facts.
  • ‘Experiments with Forces (Read and Experiment)’ by Isabel Thomas will help you learn more about forces.


Work It Out!

  • Did Ancient Egyptians have hieroglyphs to represent numbers as well as letters and sounds? Look on the internet and find out.
  • Try writing some sums using hieroglyphs.
  • How do numbers and mathematical equations help when investigating forces?


Investigate It!

For Science children will be learning about forces and friction such as magnetism, air resistance, pushes and pulls. They will learn that some of these forces are measured in Newtons.

  • Do you have any magnets at home? Maybe you have some fridge magnets, what happens when you put two together? Now try turning one of them over, what is different?
  • Are there any magnets that have uses in your home, for example your fridge door?
  • Use one of your magnets to investigate what might be magnetic in your home, which different objects does the magnet stick to?
  • What is friction? Look at your shoes, do they all have different soles, which ones are the most and least slippery, why do you think that is?
  • How does a parachute work? Think about what happens on a windy day when you put up an umbrella and hold it up to the wind, try it yourself to find out, move the umbrella about and investigate the air resistance.
  • Watch this video and see if you can defy the force of gravity!
  • Watch this video to learn more about how magnets work:
  • This video will help you learn more about resistance:
  • Experiment yourself with air resistance by having a go at this experiment yourself:
  • Have a look on the BBC website to learn more about forces:


Remember It!

Children will learn all about different aspects of the Ancient Egyptians way of life, customs and beliefs.


Explore It!

Year 3 will find out about the country of Egypt and how it was during the time of the pharaohs.

  • What ancient places can we still visit today in Egypt? Get a book from the library or look online. Most people know about the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx but what else is there to be seen?
  • Draw a map of modern Egypt and a map of Ancient Egypt, how are they different and how are they the same?
  • Why was The River Nile important to the Ancient Egyptians?
  • What animals live in Egypt and The River Nile? Make a book of facts about them, draw lots of beautiful pictures to illustrate your book.
  • Maybe someone you know has been to Egypt and has photos or souvenirs you can look at, draw and write about?
  • This video will help you understand why the River Nile is important to the people of Egypt.
  • Watch this Lego video that explains how the pyramids were built, afterwards perhaps you could build your own!
  • This video shows you some of the different famous buildings and temples that can still be found in Egypt today:


Compute It!

For Computing children will be programming a maze using the Scratch programme.

  • Have a go at home playing or creating your own game in Scratch:
  • Draw a maze on pen and paper then challenge a friend to complete it.
  • Print off a maze from the internet to do, try this website for starters:
  • In the summer and autumn many farms grow their own maize mazes, why not find a local farm or visit the hedge fence at Wonderland in Telford:


Create It!

Children will be using clay and different clay techniques to make canopic jars.

  • Use clay to make a pharaoh. Then use more clay to make a sarcophagus base and lid (make sure it is the right size to fit your pharaoh in). When your pharaoh and sarcophagus are dry paint and varnish them then use thin strips of fabric or paper to carefully wrap your pharaoh and turn him into a mummy!
  • Use a large sheet of paper to make your own Ancient Egyptian style mural for your bedroom wall.
  • You could make more canopic jars for your collection out of old cardboard tubes, drinks bottles or jars. Decorate them with gold paper or paint, sequins, jewels or glitter.


Make It!

Year 3 will be using papier mâché to make their own version of Tutankhamun’s death mask.


Listen to It!

In music children will be learning about the different instruments that the Ancient Egyptians played and the traditional types of music listened to in Egypt today.


Get Active!

Children will learn the rules of and play Uni-hoc as part of the Tomb Raiders topic.  They will also choreograph their own Ancient Egyptian inspired dance.


Understand It!

Year 3 will learn all about the different gods that the Ancient Egyptians believed in and worshipped. They will learn about the temples of Ancient Egypt and compare them to modern churches.

Draw or paint a picture of your favourite god.


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