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A Home Learning Branch for The Story of Tutankhamun


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Author(s): Patricia Cleveland-Peck

This is a Home Learning Branch for The Story of Tutankhamun.  These branches are designed to support home learners to access literature-based learning using a selection of books we love from the Literary Curriculum.  They include purposeful writing suggestions, links to the wider curriculum so that texts can be used across other subjects, key questions as well as spelling or phonics investigations.

A Planning Sequence is available for The Story of Tutankhamun.

Planning Sequence Overview:


Non-chronological reports, instructions, character descriptions, diary entry, newspaper reports and posters

Main Outcome:

Biography of Tutankhamun


15 sessions, 3 weeks

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a three-week sequence for The Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck in which children begin by exploring the history of Tutankhamun and writing reports about Ancient Egypt before going on to find out about Howard Carter and exploring the stories and legends about the curse of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The sequence finishes with children writing a biography of Tutankhamun.

Synopsis of Text:

Uncover the true story of an Egyptian king, and the 20th century explorer who found him.

Discover the troubles Tutankhamun faced as a young king, his untimely death, and his legacy, which lay hidden for centuries. Pore over his treasures, learn the steps of mummification, and see Tutankhamun's fascinating story bought to life. Travel through history with Howard Carter, on his quest to uncover Tutankhamun's hidden tomb, his incredible discovery, and our continued hunt to understand and unearth the riches of Ancient Egyptian life.

Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the story of the most famous boy king, and a world-changing discovery.


Ancient Egypt, the Pyramids, Tutankhamun, Tutankhamen, Howard Carter

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A Spelling Seed is available for The Story of Tutankhamun.

Spelling Seed Overview:


This is a three-session spelling seed for the book The Story of Tutankhamun by Patricia Cleveland-Peck.  Below is the coverage from Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum 2014.

Spelling Seeds have been designed to complement the Literary Curriculum by providing weekly, contextualised sequences of sessions for the teaching of spelling that include open-ended investigations and opportunities to practise and apply within meaningful and purposeful contexts, linked (where relevant) to other areas of the curriculum and a suggestion of how to extend the investigation into home learning.

Spelling Seeds work alongside the texts within the Literary Curriculum and, as such, will also reflect the suggested number of weeks spent on a text, as well.


Word List Words

centuries, guide, history, learn, material, reign, believe, different, interest, popular, exercise, opposite, position

Spelling Rules and Patterns

The /ɪ/ sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words

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A Learning Log is available for The Story of Tutankhamun.

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