Life and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
1 hour, onsite, KS2
What did the ancient Egyptians believe about the afterlife? Why did the Egyptians mummify their dead and who was mummified? This session uses costumes and props to explore the Ancient Egyptians, their beliefs in the afterlife and the mummification process.
What happens in the session?
Children will learn how the process of artificial mummification was reserved for the rich and powerful Ancient Egyptians. They can re-enact the mummification process using life size mummy dolls and discover how their bodies were preserved in preparation for their journey into the afterlife.
• Please let us know of any SEN/D needs of your class before your visit.
• Please ensure suitable adult supervision.
Aims of the session
1. Have fun and enjoy your time with us
2. Find out more about the process of mummification through a hands on based activity
3. Find out about ancient Egypt – ideas, beliefs and attitudes of people in the past
4. Find out more about the history of archaeology and how it relates to how they learn about history now
5. To lead children into a more focused and reflective visit in the galleries
KS2: 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
Literacy, Numeracy, Geography, DT, Art , Science, RSE
- Ancient Egypt gallery trail [PDF] (Please be aware that the smartboard activities are no longer available)
- View items from our Ancient Egypt collections online
- Discover Egypt Teacher pack [PDF]