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Tony Robinson

Language: English
Genre: History, Non-fiction
Age group: 6-8, 9-11

Authors Live is stepping back in time with renowned historian, actor and author, Sir Tony Robinson. Find out more about the weird world of wonders we live in, including how to make an Egyptian mummy and what happened at the first Olympic Games. Join us as we explore the empires of the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. Then find out more about our own British empire, as well as the reasons behind the start of the Second World War. It’s history, but not as you know it!

If you only do one thing

We know time is tight, so here is just one activity you could do with your class before or after watching the broadcast.

Pharaoh's headdress  EXA 2-04a

Make a Pharaoh’s headdress (from page 101 of Weird World of Wonders Egyptians) by following the instructions and painting your own headdress using this template(this will open in a new window). Work in pairs to write out one fact about the pharaohs that you have learnt. Visit another class wearing your headdresses and share your facts.

Extension activity: Egyptian tomb paintings EXA 2-04a

Look through the text and online for examples of Egyptian tomb paintings (see page 97 for suggestions). What do they all have in common? Draw a tomb painting of your family or the people you live with. Use a long strip of paper and the hieroglyphic symbols on page 103 to decorate your painting. Remember to use the correct colours for males and females, place parents and carers in the most important position and ensure to draw everyone in profile!

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A full transcript of the event is available to download.

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