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Ancient Egypt

One of my major interests is ancient history, mainly non-European and particularly Egyptian. This is how I started these Pages. My wife used to run the Sunday School at our Church and almost all the children in it went to a school very near the church. When I retired from full-time teaching maths and science I offered to do voluntary work at this school. I had taken it for granted that they would want me to help with maths and science but once they had discovered my interest in Ancient Egypt they asked me to help with that. So for the next several years twice a week I would sit round a table with a group of about eight Y5 or Y6 children (taken out of their normal lessons and different children every week) and we would talk about Ancient Egypt. We followed a “curiosity-led” approach, where I answered the questions that the children asked rather than told them what adults thought they should know. This was enormously exciting and led us into all sorts of areas not always covered in ordinary lessons, and every lesson was different. Often after a lesson I would write a single sheet of A4 about what we had been talking about to give to the children, or expand it into a web page.

These Pages were therefore written fifteen years ago for nine and ten year old children. They have been corrected and updated, but they remain true to the purpose for which they were originally written and I have not added any more Pages. .


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©Barry Gray April 2020

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