4. Why did the Ancient Egyptians build the pyramids?

A full lesson for KS2 engaging pupils in a series of questioning about the pyramids of Ancient Egypt. The resource includes a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and pupil resource sheets.


4. Why did the Ancient Egyptians build the pyramids?

In this lesson pupils will think about the why, what, how and where of pyramid building. They will investigate different types of pyramids in a hands-on modelling challenge and then they will learn about some of the logistics behind building these gigantic structures, as well as exploring their key purposes. Pupils will present their findings in a 3D pyramid fact file.



  • To explore what the pyramids looked like
  • To discover why and how the Egyptians built the pyramids. 

The lesson plan includes differentiation ideas to adapt the activities for the needs of your class.


This lesson is part of the KS2History Ancient Egyptians Planning Pack for KS2.


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    1 x Powerpoint (whiteboard slides)


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