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Pharaohs

Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part!

Become an apprentice and work for Ramose; he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.

Now open the doorway to Ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?

Pharoahs Topic Vocabulary

afterlife

hieroglyphics

ritual

amulet

inscription

River Nile

apprentice

linen

Rosetta Stone

Book of the Dead

mummy

sarcophagus

canopic jar

natron

scribe

cartouche

nemes

sphinx

curse

ointment

tomb

deity

papyrus

Tutankhamun

Egyptologist

pendant

underworld

embalmer

pharaoh

Valley of the Kings

eternal life

preserve

wedjat

Giza

pyramid

 

Pharoahs Overview

Stargazers

Journey through space, the final frontier… Navigate beyond the sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!

Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.

Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity… and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation systems to track hidden treasure! Get in a spin, making simple models of the solar system and listen to the haunting sound of space-themed songs.

Then it’s three, two, one… BLAST OFF! Build and test a rocket for an important test mission.

Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or is there other life forms out there?

 

Curriculum Coverage

The table below shows the learning opportunities from across the curriculum that will be taught within the topic.

English

Mnemonics; Myths and Legends; Free verse poetry; Newspaper reports; Science fiction/Graphic Narrative

Science

Earth and Space; Forces; Working scientifically

Computing

Programming; Stop-frame animation

Art & Design

Printing; Design

Geography

Locating physical features

History

Significant individuals – Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, 1960’s Space Race

Maths

Problem solving using measures

PE

Dance

D&T

Selecting materials; Design research; Structures; Evaluation

Music

Space-inspired Music and Lyrics