National Curriculum Subject Area/s: History, Geography, potential for cross-curricular work
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes 
Max group size: 32 pupils


  • Appreciation that Ancient Egyptians were real people
  • Knowledge and understanding of how archaeologists use clues left behind by ancient people to discover more about their lives and beliefs including the afterlife
  • Understanding of similarities and differences between life in Ancient Egypt and today in England
  • Awareness of the skills developed by craftspeople in Ancient Egypt
  • Improved observation, speaking and reasoning skills


Activity 1: What can we learn from archaeological evidence? How did the early Ancient Egyptians live? What did they eat? What would they have needed in their daily life? Pupils search for clues in the gallery to discover how the Ancient Egyptians looked, lived and worked.

Activity 2: Three powerful Egyptians Pupils take on the role of detective to explore Ancient Egyptian sculpture, buildings and objects to find out more about their life and beliefs. Pupils will handle original artefacts to discover more about life in Ancient Egypt.

Activity 3: Who’s who? Detective game Pupils will use evidence boxes to figure out which powerful Egyptian’s belongings they have in their box.

Activity 4: Draw and review What new discoveries have we made today about life in Ancient Egypt? What skills have we used to help us find out more?

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