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Preparing for the Pharaohs Workshop

Permission Slip for make-up & perfume

Follow-up Lesson Ideas

Photos from workshops:

Moss Hey    Thorp Primary

Glazebury Primary (papyrus paintings)

St. Agnes CE Primary       Arden Primary

Broad Oak Primary   St. Catherine's Prep


Tutankhamun's gold dagger, made by a y4 child

Fee: 229 for a whole day, discounts available for small classes. Maximum 34 children per class.

To book, email Tony North:  tnorth67@hotmail.com or tel: 0161 224 6445

Pyramid posters and papyrus sheets for sale at workshops

Background information:  The Gods   Pharaohs Hieroglyphs   Artefacts   Clothing, Make-up etc.

Main activities:

  • Learn about pharaohs like Tutankhamun and Khufu (or gods) using pictures and games

  • Learn how to read & write hieroglyphs, write on papyrus

  • Two children dress up as Egyptians

  • Look at artefacts related to pharaohs & gods

  • Make artefacts related to pharaohs & gods (paint statues, papyrus pictures, jewellery)

At the end of the day you will have an amazing collection of artefacts the children have made, to create your own Egyptian museum.


Tutankhamun's gold coffin, made in the workshop


The Wonders of Egypt

There is nowhere on earth like Egypt. For thousands of years tourists have been astounded by its beautiful temples and tombs, its vast pyramids and its golden treasures.

This workshop focuses on what the ancient Egyptians cherished most - their pharaohs and their gods. Most of the amazing sights in Egypt are in some way related to these two. Pyramids were giant rock tombs designed to send the pharaoh up to heaven, and temples were sites of worship for gods, adorned with hieroglyphs proclaiming the greatness of the god and of the pharaoh who built his house.


My Egyptian workshop has been very popular for the last 10 years, for several reasons: the enthusiasm and depth of knowledge which I bring to the day, the in-depth tuition on the intricacies of hieroglyphs, art and other aspects of Egyptian culture, the high quality resources and creative activities which children love, and which provide a rich learning experience about ancient Egypt as well as teaching art skills, and the fantastic outcomes which you can display in the classroom.

Detailed lesson plans are provided to the right.

To book, contact:

Tony North


0161 224 6445/07754 406422

Literacy link: for an excellent retelling of Egyptian myths and stories, see Stories from Ancient Egypt by well-known Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley.



 Me (Tony North) teaching

how to read hieroglyphs


Tutankhamun's scarab pectoral, photo shown in lesson


Copy of scarab pectoral shown in the afternoon


Shabti (servant statue)

shown in artefacts session


Papyrus painting by a year 4 child


Scarab beetle painted by a year 4 child


Anubis statue painted by a year 5 child


Obelisk made by a year 5 child


Lesson Plan: Morning

1. Introduction to pharaohs (30-45 mins)

Learn about famous pharaohs by looking at photos. We begin with Tutankhamun - his treasures, his tomb, his body, and why he is famous. Children will see the actual stones used by the Egyptians for jewellery (e.g. lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquoise). Depending on time, we also look at Khufu and the pyramids, Hatshepsut the female pharaoh, and Rameses II. Children can win pieces of papyrus for answering quiz questions (e.g. what are these artefacts found in Tutankhamun's tomb, why is he famous, why were the pyramids built).

Tutankhamun's gold coffin

If you prefer we can focus on the gods (you can let me know on the day):

Gods: look at paintings of 8 gods (Anubis, Osiris, Isis, Horus, Hathor, Thoth, Ra, Amun). Learn their names, what they look like, and what they were god of: e.g. Osiris is shown wrapped up as a mummy because he was the ruler of the afterlife, and holding a crook and flail because he was god of farming.

Papyrus painting of Osiris

Play a name the god game, looking at photos on the interactive whiteboard.

2. Hieroglyphs (60-90 minutes)

Children learn about hieroglyphs, by writing them on a worksheet (see below) and on a piece of real papyrus. They also play reading games, with papyrus for prizes. Depending on your preference, we can focus on hieroglyphs related to pharaohs or to gods.

Letters - 22 letter hieroglyphs are copied. Children learn that they stand for sounds, which affects how they should write their own names. A game follows in which children read the name of a pharaoh spelled in letters. They will then learn how to write their own names in hieroglyphs.

Words - 20 words are copied, including words such as god, king, and lord, as well as words which are parts of pharaohs' names (e.g. ankh in Tutankhamun). A game follows in which children translate hieroglyphs.

Gods' names - children copy the names of 8 gods. A game follows in which photos of hieroglyphs (from tomb or temple walls) are shown on the whiteboard and children have to spot them.

Picture used in the reading games

Pharaohs' names (if time allows) - learn how to read pharaohs' names (cartouches), which are usually made up of a god's name, words, and letters. For example, Tutankhamun contains the letters T-u-t, the word ankh, and the god Amun, and it means 'the living image of Amun'. A game follows in which children try to read a pharaoh's name (e.g. Rameses).

Tutankhamun's name (written on one of his beds)

Write on papyrus - children get a piece of real papyrus paper and write any hieroglyphs they like (e.g. a pharaoh's name, god's name, their own name). They use a black ink pen, as the Egyptian used black ink.

Year 4 child writing on papyrus paper


Lunch Break - Over lunch I will set out materials to make the artefacts in the afternoon. I will send you a form when you book the workshop to write down which children make which artefact. I will need two children to help me set things out.


If you book a workshop I will email a letter to let you know what resources we need (basic things like paint palettes, pots for water, table covers, painting shirts, and paper towels).


Horus statue painted by a year 5 child


Sphinx painted by a year 5 child


Lesson Plan: Afternoon

1. Clothing (15 mins)


One boy and one girl will be chosen to dress up as Egyptians, with linen clothes (a dress for the girl and a kilt for the boy), plaited wigs, jewellery (bracelets and necklaces, including a replica of a princess's collar with over 1,000 beads), eyeliner, and lipstick and blush for the girl. A permission slip will be provided for children to wear the make up.


The children can also try frankincense perfume (unless they have skin allergies or a nut allergy).

My wife Catherine modelling the clothes, wig and jewellery


2. Look at artefacts (20 mins)

Children see a variety of artefacts relating to pharaohs, gods and the afterlife. The artefacts are copies, most of which I made myself. You can see photos of them on this page and here. This activity teaches children about the items and their meanings, and will inspire them to create their own works of art.

Artefacts include: statuettes (gods, a pharaoh, sphinx, scarab beetle, shabti, Tut's coffin, Tut's mask), Tut's scarab pectoral, a pharaoh's bracelet (see below), Tut's dagger, a papyrus painting (the weighing of the heart scene), and an obelisk.

Copy of bracelet belonging to the pharaoh Shoshenq

3. Make artefacts (75 minutes)

I will give a short lesson on how to paint accurately with acrylic paint (e.g. dry brush after washing it, correct mistakes, keep hand steady by resting it on the table, only touch with the tip of the brush).


Then children will make an artefact. These will be similar to the ones I have shown them. Each child has his or her own artefact (except for the weighing of the heart picture which takes 2 children to paint). There will be up to 17 different artefacts in all, which means you can make a very impressive museum display.

The methods and materials have been carefully designed so that children can make artefacts of high quality and durability. They are also differentiated by difficulty level so you can assign a suitable task to each child. Photos of the artefacts are shown here.

Artefacts include: statuettes of Horus, Anubis, a pharaoh (see below), sphinx, scarab beetle, shabti, Tut's coffin, and Tut's mask; a pharaoh's bracelet; papyrus paintings (printed for children to colour in); Tut's gold dagger; an obelisk; and Tut's gold shrine (y5/6 only).

Pharaoh statue painted by a year 4 child


Tut's mask statue painted by a year 5 child


Isis papyrus painting by a year 4 child