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The Egyptians

Interactive History School Visits, Workshops & Learning Activities

Let us bring the WOW factor into your classrooms with our fun and informative Egyptian learning school visits. Find out what life would have been like living in Egypt from the beginning in 2950BC through to the death of Cleopatra in 51BC and the conquest of the country by Rome. We can bring to life this topic with our interactive workshops throughout the day.

We love working with primary and secondary schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent on their Ks1, Ks2 and Ks3 history curriculum topics. 

 

The Egyptians

In 2950BC, nearly 5,000 years ago, Pharaoh Narmer conquered the lands of the lower Nile and united them as the country of Egypt, the Two Kingdoms. It was the first proper country with the first true king, The Pharaoh, in absolute control. These early Egyptians introduced many things new to man: a common written and spoken language, bureaucracy with clerks and national taxes, a permanent standing army and a single set of laws under the authority of the Pharaoh, the hereditary king. For nearly 3,000 years, until the death of Cleopatra in 51BC, Egypt remained an independent country with its own customs and ways of doing things. 

 

Artefacts Created for Workshops

For our Egyptian school visits we have researched and recreated the following artefacts for use during your day: 

  • Full sets of Egyptian armour and weapons from the earliest Stone Age of the First Kingdoms through Egypt’s greatest period during The Bronze Age to the Iron Age and the invasion of Egypt by Alexander The Great. 
  • The weapons, shields and equipment that would have been used by both Egypt’s soldiers and the many enemies who tried to invade the country throughout its long history.
  • Small shields and foam swords for everyone to use learning shield wall tactics. Students can advance and attack their teachers whilst the teachers fight back with large foam balls. 
  • A full set of fur-on skins and skulls to represent the animals the warriors would have hunted in their free time plus the skins of the different animals that they would have farmed.
  • The clothing, jewellery and everyday items that the warrior and his family would wear and use at home and examples of the food that would have been sold on an Egyptian market stall. 
  • The tools and chains of a slave working for an Egyptian family. 
  • The clothing, writing tools and paper that would have been used by an Egyptian clerk to record everyday transactions and examples of the Egyptian alphabet and blank sheets of papyri paper.
  • Figurines of the different gods and a sarcophagus with a mummy inside with all its grave goods.
  • The medicines and surgical instruments that would have been used by an Egyptian doctor. 
  • A saddle and rotary corn quern as used by the farmers for grinding down grain into flour.
  • Fire lighting equipment including a bow drill for friction fire lighting and flint and steel for creating sparks.

Activities Agenda

 During an Egyptian history workshop your class will: 

  • Roll out our very long interactive timeline tape to show just how long ago the ancient Egyptian period was and how long it lasted for.
  • See teachers dressed as the warriors from the First Kingdom Stone Age through the Bronze Age and the Battle of Qadesh in 1300BC to the Iron Age and the invasion by Alexander The Great’s Greek army. 
  • Go outside for a fire lighting demonstration and to witness how high and far an Egyptian recurve bow can shoot compared to a traditional wooden bow.
  • Imagine what life would be like training as a warrior and using hunting as a way to train for war as well as supply meat to feed the army. We can illustrate this with the wide range of reproductions of the equipment that we have made in exactly the same way our ancestors did.
  • Try on the helmets, body armour and hold the shields, swords and spears we have made to fit them.
  • Enjoy a handling session with the animal furs of the wild and domesticated animals that The Egyptians would have seen. Then participate in a fun quiz where your students try to match 5 furs and 5 skulls with 5 pictures of different animals follows.
  • Everyone can have a turn on the saddle corn quern and the rotary quern to get a feel for how hard it is to mill flour. The rotary quern is much more efficient, but it is still all part of life's ‘daily grind'!
  • Visit an Egyptian military doctor and learn how he would use a urine sample to work out what was wrong with you and have a smell at some of his very special medicines that he will treat his patient with. Then watch him operating on a wounded soldier (teacher) cutting off his/her damaged lower left leg!
  • Stay with an Egyptian officer at his home with his wife and children and their slave.
  • Meet the scribe or clerk and see how he records on papyri paper everything he needs to write down. Then everyone can try writing the Egyptian way using our hieroglyph spelling boards and try to decipher the hieroglyphs on the sarcophagus and the carved plaques.
  • Learn about the Egyptian gods and how everyone who could afford it would have their bodies mummified and preserved ‘for eternity’ in their sarcophagus. 
  • Visit our Egyptian ‘tomb’ with its mummy and grave goods and help set out all the gifts that are being left in the tomb for use in the afterlife.
  • Take part in a question and answer session to finish the visit and reinforce the day's learning.


History Resources Box 

To enable you to make the most of our visit we provide a *History Resources Box* filled with interesting items from your chosen time period absolutely free. This complimentary box will arrive one month prior to your booking and we will collect it at the end of our visit. (Or you can choose to have it for one month after our workshop.) Boxes might include various items from arrow heads and clothing to fire lighting flint and steel, plus all those little items they needed for everyday living. Teachers have found these resource boxes brilliant for helping with their programmes of work and lesson plans.

*We regret we can only provide History Resources Boxes to schools within a 10 mile radius of our location at this time (Horam, East Sussex).

Full Day or Half Day School History Workshops

School visits can be booked for: 

  • Full Day 09:00 AM - 15:15 PM* - £550+ VAT 
  • Half Day 09:00 AM - Lunch (For schools within 15 mile radius of TN21 only) - £375+ VAT

For schools outside the 15 mile radius travel costs of .50p + VAT per mile apply.
*You may choose to cover 2 different time periods in a full day for a cost effective way to teach different year groups on the same visit.

Don't forget we cover a whole range of historic periods from Stone Age to WW2. Contact us today and find out how we can bring history to life for your classes.

We are based in Horam, near Eastbourne in East Sussex and typically work with schools across Sussex, Surrey and Kent.