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Tombs, Torches and Timekeepers

£10.00
SKU S3CS40100
Key Stage 2 Light and Sound Science Year 3

Teach your class everything they need to know to cover the ‘Light’ strand of the Year 3 Science curriculum all through the context of ancient Egypt! Your class will explore dark tombs and consider why nothing can be seen without light, use mirrors to help soldiers guarding a pyramid to see around corners, compare ancient Egyptian beliefs in the sun god Ra to modern explanations of the Sun, find out how obelisks were used to tell the time, and much more!

 
#TheCompleteSeries5lessons

This ‘Tombs, Torches and Timekeepers’ covers all the same material from our ‘Light and Shadow’ scheme of work but is themed to fit in with your ancient Egyptian topic.

This scheme of work is also part of a Topic Bundle. Perfect if you are teaching 'Egypt' as a cross-curricular topic.

#Lesson1LightSources

Children will start by considering why an archaeologist cannot see anything in a newly-discovered ancient Egyptian tomb. They will go on to learn that darkness is the absence of light, and that without light we cannot see. They will then identify, describe and sort a variety of light sources, including those that would and would not have been available to the ancient Egyptians.

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture cards
#Lesson2ReflectiveSurfaces

In this lesson, children will learn that some surfaces reflect more light than others and that we can only see objects because light is reflected from them. They will then either have the chance to identify and describe a range of reflective surfaces, or carry out an investigation to see how four ancient Egyptians soldiers guarding four different sides of a pyramid can use mirrors to see each other without moving from their posts!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Challenge card
#Lesson3TheSungod

Children will find out about ancient Egyptians beliefs that the Sun was a god called Ra in this lesson before going on to compare these beliefs with modern explanations of what the Sun is. They will learn about some differences between night and day, including starting to understand how the Sun rises and sets.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Information sheet
  • Challenge card
#Lesson4MakingShadows

The slides for this lesson start by showing your class a variety of photos of Egypt to see where the shadows are and asks your children to suggest reasons for why the shadows are there. They will go on to learn how shadows are formed and have some time to explore shadows for themselves, including the differences between shadows cast by opaque, transparent and translucent objects. They can even create their own ancient Egyptian themed shadow puppet play!

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Help sheet
  • Challenge cards
#Lesson5Obelisks

Your children will discover what obelisks are and how the ancient Egyptians used these as sundials by looking at the shadows cast by them throughout the day. They will discuss and predict what will happen to a shadow cast by a mini obelisk in sunlight throughout the day. They can then either conduct a shadow investigation and present their findings using bar graphs, or complete diagrams and order pictures to show an obelisk’s shadow throughout the day.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Blank picture cards
  • Complete picture cards
  • End of unit quiz
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • Year 3 - recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • Year 3 - notice that light is reflected from surfaces
  • Year 3 - recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
  • Year 3 - recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • Year 3 - find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change
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