Medium-term plan: How did the Ancient Egyptians live in harmony with Nature?

Y4 Planning Overview How did the Ancient Egyptians live in harmony with Nature

Explore with your students what we can learn from the Ancient Egyptians about living more sustainably. This medium-term planning shows how.

Within the natural limits of the floodplain of the River Nile, the Ancient Egyptians learnt to how to live and work in harmony with the rhythms and cycles of Nature. This medium-term planning outlines a learning enquiry, linked to the principle of Oneness, that provides an opportunity to learn about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation and also to learn from it, reflecting on how we, too, might live more sustainably.

With clear links to National Curriculum objectives for history in KS2, this medium-term planning shows how content from other subjects can be drawn into this learning enquiry for a more joined-up approach to teaching and learning. In science, for example, students learn about forces by exploring how the Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids, finding ways to reduce friction to move large stone blocks, and to use pulleys to move them into place.

Through Geometry and art activities, the children create replica Ancient Egyptian artefacts to display in a Great Work ‘museum’ that celebrates their learning at the end of the unit.

This enquiry links to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.

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