Year 5/6 Theme Activities - Ancient Egyptians - Spring 1

Parents, if your child is off isolating from school for a length of time, here are a range of activities they can carry out that are linked to our theme work - The Ancient Egyptians.

Firstly, make sure your child has seen and read the Knowledge Organiser (Click here for one) to learn the key points from this theme.

History and Geography

- Complete your own research using the internet and any books you may have at home about the Ancient Egyptians. What new facts can you learn? Can you make yourself a fact file?

- Have a look at these images of artefacts and questions - what could they be used for? Once you have had a guess you could try researching them to find out what they really are!

- Find out what an archaeologist is and what they do for their job.

- Watch this video about the Ancient Egyptians and find out what happened to them.

- Order these events into a chronological timeline and find out more about the events. You could even create your own timeline of events with drawings and key information.

- Use this map of Egypt to help learn about the physical and human geography. Can you complete your own map of Egypt using this template?

- Use the facts you have learnt or from the Knowledge organiser to create a quiz for your family. If you have access, you could always create a quiz using 'Google Forms'.

- Watch this video about what the Ancient Egyptians believed in and make some notes. This begins to look at Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.

- Read this information about Egyptian gods/Goddesses and learn some key facts. Pick four/five Gods or Goddesses from here to design a superhero team. You can add key information, their power, an illustration of them and create a name for the group!

An example - 'Bastet: Goddess of Protection

As sleek as a panther, as quiet as darkness, as deadly as poison, Bastet will provide the protection needed for you and your loved ones. Like a royal sentry on guard duty, she will keep a watchful eye over your home, day and night, to defend against any evil wrongdoer or disease looking to harm your family.'

- Watch these two videos: Video 1 and Video 2, which show how mummification works. Make notes on the process of mummification and then have a go at writing some instructions on how to mummify a body. Find below some key words you could use in your instructions.

Art and Design and Design and Technology

- Practise some pencil and paint techniques using this resource. Can you find different items around your house that use contrasting colours? Can you create an image that uses contrasting colours?

- Look at some of the Egyptian crowns and Headdresses using this resource. Can you create your own drawing and/or painting of an Egyptian crown or headdress using the techniques from the activity above? If you do not have any paint, you could always use felt tips or colouring pencils.

- Investigating and research. What is a sarcophagus? What is the purpose of a sarcophagus? Now draw three different sarcophagi from two different angles. Label the designs and analyse the features. Then have a go at answering the following questions.

- Which materials are used to make the sarcophagi you have seen?

- What were sarcophagi used for?

- What special designs can you see?

- List features that you think are essential to all sarcophagi:

- Which design features from the sarcophagi might you want to use in your own design?

Why have you chosen this feature?

Here is a booklet which you might want to use to help you organise your DT.

- Use the activity above to design your own sarcophagus. Think about what colours you might want to make it? What features do you want to include on it? What patterns might you have?


- Use 'Google Drawing' to have a play with inserting pictures, cropping them, adding text and layering different images.

- Create a quiz using 'Google Forms' of different things you have learnt.

- Create a PowerPoint of different things you have learnt.


- Have a go at answering these questions. You might want to get views from other people in your household if this is possible.

What type of emotions are there?

How can you manage your emotions?

What do you worry about?

Is it okay to express your emotions?

What advice would you give to children who struggle to talk about their emotions?

Why might different people feel sad?

-Find out about these different emotions specifically - anger, jealously and worry. When might you feel these different emotions? How could you deal with them in a positive way? What strategies could you use to overcome these emotions? Create a poster of advice for children about emotions.

- Mental Health Week (1st-7th February)

Can we remember what mental health is and why it is important? What can we do to improve our mental health? Work through these slides about expressing yourself.

Now choose one of these activities to complete: