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Welcome to Topaz Class - Yr 3/4


Topic Term 5 - Ancient Civilisations!

In the Ancient Civilisations project, we will be learning about the history of three of the world’s first ancient civilisations: ancient Sumer, ancient Egypt and the Indus Valley civilisation. Children will learn about the rise, life, achievements and eventual end of each civilisation.

Ancient Civilization Timeline: The 16 Oldest Cultures


Useful Websites

We use a variety of online resources to help support what we do in school that your children can access at home if they wish. These include the following:

Purple MashPurpleMash - a platform which has various games, apps, topics, and projects included to support both the Computing and wider curriculum.

MathShed - a website which allows children to practise their times tables as well as other mental calculations.

Your child should have their own personal logins for both PurpleMash and Maths Shed. If you need it, please do not hesitate to email me. 

Please click on the pictures to be taken to any of these websites.

Topic Websites

These websites are related to our Topic for this term, which is called 'Ancient Civilisations'.

As always, although these websites have been checked by staff, it is recommended you look at them first before you share them with children to ensure you are happy with their content.

BBC Bitesize - Ancient Egypt

BBC Bitesize - Ancient Sumer

BBC Bitesize - Indus Valley

Fun Facts

Here are some fun Ancient Civilisation facts that you can learn to impress your family and friends with!

  • The ancient Egyptians worshipped over 2,000 gods and goddesses.
  • Cleopatra, Egypt's last pharaoh, lived closer to our time than to the building of the Pyramids at Giza.
  • Ancient Egyptian bakers sometimes kneaded bread dough with their feet.
  • The ancient cities of Sumer were rediscovered in the 1840s.
  • The Sumerians were excellent mathematicians.
  • The Sumerians developed a calendar based on the moon and the sun (lunisolar).
  • The Sumerians were the first to develop writing.
  • The Indus Valley civilisation was larger than the ancient Egyptian civilisation.
  • Some of the world's first dentists came from the Indus Valley! 
  • At its peak, 10% of the world's total population lived in the ancient civilisation of the Indus Valley. 
  • Toilet seats were made of brick - not very comfy!
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