Uks2 Topic: Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Egyptians Block B: Egyptologists



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UKS2 Topic: Earliest Civilisations: Ancient Egyptians Block B: Egyptologists

Find out about intrepid Egyptologists Champollion and Howard Carter and their incredible discoveries, achievements and methods. Write a play of the events; make observational drawings of Egyptian artefacts just like a real Egyptologist; devise and record an interview with an Egyptologist and finally debate the removal of artefacts from Egypt.

Block B: Ancient Egyptians: Egyptologists

[4 sessions]



Main outcome: History

Other outcomes: English and Art



By the end of this block you will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • 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 the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

  • Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’ and ‘civilisation’

  • Note and develop initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.

  • Use further presentational devices to structure text.

  • Plan their writing by noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on research where necessary.

  • Identifying purpose of writing and selecting appropriate form.

  • Articulate and justify answers and opinions.

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding.

  • Participate in role play.

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

  • Find out about great artists in history.

  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations.

Session 1: History and English

Champollion

You will learn that the Ancient Egyptians wrote using different scripts from ours and discover how the Rosetta Stone enabled hieroglyphs to be translated. Discover how an Egyptologist called Champollion was able to break the hieroglyph code and write a biography or fact file about Champollion.




Children will

  • Understand that the Ancient Egyptians wrote using different scripts from ours.

  • Explain that the Rosetta Stone enabled hieroglyphs to be translated.

  • Describe how Champollion was able to break the hieroglyph code.

  • Write a biography or fact file about Champollion.




Session 2: History and English

Howard Carter

Learn why Howard Carter is described as a ‘good archaeologist’. Describe the finding of Tutankhamun’s tomb and write a diary or radio play script about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.



Children will

  • Explain why Howard Carter is described as a good archaeologist.

  • Describe the finding of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

  • Write a diary or radio play script about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Session 3: History and Art

Those who helped Carter

Explain that many Egyptologists were involved in the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb; understand that detailed record cards, drawings and photographs were made of the contents of the tomb; make an observational drawing or painting of an Ancient Egyptian artefact.




Children will

  • Explain that many Egyptologists were involved in the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb.

  • Understand that detailed record cards, drawings and photographs were made of the contents of the tomb.

  • Make an observational drawing of an Ancient Egyptian artefact.

Session 4: History and English

Other Egyptologists

Explain where some of the most important Ancient Egypt sites can be found; understand that many Egyptologists have worked at the Ancient Egypt sites; devise television interviews of Egyptologists. You will debate the controversy of the removal of Ancient Egyptian artefacts from Egypt.



Children will

  • Explain where some of the most important Ancient Egypt sites can be found.

  • Understand that many Egyptologists have worked at the Ancient Egypt sites.

  • Discuss the controversy of the removal of Ancient Egyptian artefacts from Egypt.



Resources
Session 1

Provided: Rosetta Stone image; Hieroglyph resources.

You will need: Access to internet; Horribly Famous: Tutankhamun and his Tombful of Treasure by Michael Cox.
Session 2

Provided: Items found in the tomb; Funerary mask images; Carter’s methods; Events and notes of the discovery; Lord Carnarvon and Evelyn images.

You will need: Horribly Famous: Tutankhamun and his Tombful of Treasure by Michael Cox; Access to internet.
Session 3

Provided: The Tutankhamun Excavation Team; Record cards of Painted Box; The painted box images; Leopard Skin Cloak images; Sketches by Carter; Sectioned box images; Chariot images; Jewellery images; Funerary mask.

You will need: Horribly Famous: Tutankhamun and his Tombful of Treasure by Michael Cox; Paints; Fine brushes; Sketching pencils; Watercolour pencils; Drawing paper; Visit to a museum displaying Egyptian artefacts (optional).
Session 4

Provided: Merneptah Stele image; Akhenaton and Nefertiti images; Maps of Ancient Egyptian sites.

You will need: Access to internet; Video camera.


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