Ancient Egypt: Death and the Afterlife

Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources

Curriculum Links:

KS2 English/Literacy: Planning, drafting and writing; Reading aloud; Evaluating and debating

KS2 History: Ancient Egypt: the achievements of the earliest civilisations


Aim of resource:

To explore key features of Ancient Egyptian society using original artefacts.

Learning objectives

Knowledge of Ancient Egyptian society and religious practices

Understanding of how artefacts can reveal information about how people lived in the past and the different nature of early civilisations

Skills to interpret historical evidence

 

Discussion ideas:

  • Why do you think the Ancient Egyptians mummified their dead?
  • How might they feel about us digging them up today?
  • Why do you think people had their hearts weighed before they could go into the afterlife?
  • What do the objects found with mummies tell us about how Ancient Egyptians imagined the afterlife would be?
  • What objects would you place in a mummy's coffin?

Activity ideas:

  • Design a protective amulet for a mummy going into the afterlife. Think about the sort of things you would want to keep your mummy safe from and the symbols you could use.

  • What would you take into the afterlife?
    Draw a mummy's tomb and fill it with the sort of objects from your own life that you would want to take into the afterlife. Label these objects and write down the reasons why you would take them with you.

    When you have finished, present your ideas to a small group or the whole class and debate which ones might be the most important.

  • Create your own hieroglyphic life story:
    Ancient Egyptians used picture words (hieroglyphics) as their written language and decorated their coffins with them to tell the stories of your life. What pictures would you use to tell your life story. Look at some examples and create your own.

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