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Teachers' Notes

Resource created by Leeds Museums and Galleries: Discovery Centre

This learning story explores key features of ancient Egyptian society using original artefacts.


Curriculum Links

  • KS2 History: Ancient Egypt


Learning objectives

Knowledge of ancient Egyptian society and daily life

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

Skills to interpret historical evidence


Discussion Ideas

  • What do you think the ancient Egyptian world might have looked like?
  • How were the ancient Egyptians similar to us?
  • How were they different?
  • Why do you think they wore make-up?
  • Choose an object you have seen within this resource. What does it tells us about people's lives in the past?
  • Why are historical objects important?
  • What sort of objects from your own life do you think would give someone in the future an idea about how you live?


Activity Ideas

  • Create your own amulet: Pupils could research ancient Egyptian amulets in more detail and also more modern ones (such as lucky rabbit foot / four leafed clover).  They could then draw their own design for an amulet and explain what their amulet is for (good luck / protection against accidents / safe travelling etc).  Designs could then be created in air-drying clay.
  • Worksheet: Download this picture matching quiz activity on ancient Egyptian objects to use in the classroom.