This History primary resource introduces children to Ancient Egyptian life and culture. Discover the customs and beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians. Who were their rulers? How did they worship their Gods? Why was Ancient Egyptian medicine so advanced?

Pupils will learn about the lavish temples built to honour the pharaohs, the food that the workers and farmers ate, and the Great Pyramid at Giza in our National Geographic Kids’ Ancient Egyptians primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for understanding aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, as a printed handout for each pupil to review and annotate, or for display on the interactive whiteboard using the illustrations and short snippets of information for class discussion. The resource includes information on: Tutankhamun, Ancient Egyptian temples, mummification, pyramids, hieroglyphics, Cleopatra, Rameses II, Anubis, Egyptian gods and goddesses and Ancient Egyptian workers, farmers and pharaohs.

Activity: Ask children to choose one of the subheadings in the resource and use the information and their own research to create their own comic strip based on that topic, like The Land of the Pharaohs comic. They could also design their own temple decorations and designs, in the style of the photographs shown in the resource. Children could also complete the Hieroglyphic puzzle.


N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South AfricaAustralia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following History objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.


National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught about: the achievements of the earliest civilizations – an overview of where and when the first civilizations appeared and a depth study of one of the following: Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Social Studies First level objective from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • Having selected a significant individual from the past, I can contribute to a discussion on the influence of their actions, then and since


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Second level Social Studies objective:

  • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.


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