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Primary Topic Shop is a team of two people. Richard is a primary teacher and Christa is a graphic designer and photojournalist. Between them, they have the unique ability to create original material for their units. It doesn't hurt they are both very interested in the subject matter! In fact, Richard and Christa lived in Egypt where Richard worked at a British School. Now they live in Scotland and are researching UK history.

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Primary Topic Shop is a team of two people. Richard is a primary teacher and Christa is a graphic designer and photojournalist. Between them, they have the unique ability to create original material for their units. It doesn't hurt they are both very interested in the subject matter! In fact, Richard and Christa lived in Egypt where Richard worked at a British School. Now they live in Scotland and are researching UK history.
Ancient Romans - Roman Gods and Goddesses
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Ancient Romans - Roman Gods and Goddesses

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This PDF includes information about the ancient Roman religion including sacrifices, temples, festivals, shrines and the Greek influence on Roman gods. There are information handouts, a fact file activity, a printable memory card game, match the Roman and Greek god activity, and differentiated reading response worksheets. In addition there are illustrated listings of 15 Roman gods and goddesses. Pages: 20 (including 3 answer sheets) Contents 6 Information Pages Fact File activity Printable Memory Card Game Match the God Activity Comprehension Questions / Multiple Choice / True or False (Differentiated Worksheets) 3 Answer Sheets All photos, text and illustrations are by the Primary Topic Shop.
Ancient Egypt - Hieroglyphs
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Ancient Egypt - Hieroglyphs

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The Hieroglyphs lesson covers the history of hieroglyphs, types of glyphs, the hieroglyphic alphabet, the cartouche and hieroglyphic numbers. Pages: 9 (8 student pages and one answer page) Contents: information pages decode the hieroglyphic message reading response questions decode the cartouche design your own cartouche interpret the hieroglyphic numbers answer key All photos, illustrations and text are original by the author. This is part of a complete unit on Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Romans - Gladiators
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Ancient Romans - Gladiators

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Gladiators were fighters who battled each other in contests for the entertainment of Romans. This resource briefly covers who gladiators were, gladiator school, the Colosseum, gladiators as celebrities, politics, animals, armor, weapons and Spartacus. Two worksheets and an activity are also included. Pages: 8 (including 2 answer sheets) Contents: 2 Information Handouts Comprehension Questions Multiple Choice Armor Designer Activity Answer sheets
Ancient Egypt - Gods and Goddesses
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Ancient Egypt - Gods and Goddesses

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This lesson explores fourteen of the main ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. Activities include a matching activity where students match the name of the god to the description or illustration, a fact file where students fill in information about their favourite god or goddess, a true or false worksheet and a colour puzzle where students have to correctly answer questions to find the colours to use for the image. Suitable for KS2. Pages: 10 (including 3 answer sheets) Contents 3 Information Handouts Find The Match Activity Egyptian God Fact File Activity True or False Worksheet Colour Puzzle Activity 3 Answer Sheets If you have any corrections or suggestions about how we can make this resource more useful, please email us at admin@primarytopicshop.co.uk.
Ancient Romans - Mythological Beasts
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Ancient Romans - Mythological Beasts

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In this lesson, students learn about Roman mythological creatures. Twelve of the main Roman gods are explored in listings, Centaur, Cerberus, Chimera, Cyclops, Faun, Harpy, Hydra, Medusa, Minotaur, Pegasus, Phoenix and Siren. Each listing features an original illustration, facts and a short myth. The introduction includes interesting facts about ancient Roman mythological beasts including the influence of the Greeks, heroes, natural phenomena, animal attributes and powers. There is also a page exploring three constellations named after mythological beasts. This PDF includes information handouts, differentiated reading response, create a monster activity, match the beast activity, constellation task cards and a printable memory card game (24 cards). Pages: 36 (including 7 answer sheets) Contents: 12 Illustrated Listings Constellation Page Constellation Task Cards Star Charts Create a Monster Activity Match the Beast Activity Printable Memory Card Game (24 cards) Questions / Multiple Choice / True or False (Differentiated Reading Response)
Ancient Romans - Julius Caesar
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Ancient Romans - Julius Caesar

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Gaius Julius Caesar was one of the most famous leaders of history. He was a brilliant military leader and brutal opponent to his enemies. Caesar only ruled Rome for a short time, but his political career changed the way Rome was governed. This resource covers Caesar’s early career, the First Triumvirate, the consulship, conquest in Gaul, crossing the Rubicon and Rome’s civil war, Caesar’s role in Egypt, his dictatorship, the Julian calendar, his assassination and the new Caesar. Three worksheets, three activities and answer sheets are also included. Pages: 13 (including 5 answer sheets) Contents: 2 Information Handouts Comprehension Worksheets (differentiated with questions & multiple choice) Number the Events Worksheet Caesar’s Legacy Activity Quote Interpretation Activity Coin Design Activity Answer Sheets
Viking Sagas
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Viking Sagas

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The Viking Sagas lesson covers a brief history of sagas and examples of a legendary saga, and a historical saga. It includes a write your own saga activity. Pages: 8 (including 2 answer sheets) NEW: Includes a Student Pack, an Interactive PDF version, suitable for remote teaching. Contents: Information Pages Comprehension Questions Write Your Own Saga Activities Colour Puzzle Creation Saga Drawing Answer Sheets All photos, illustrations and text are original by the Christa Galloway, Primary Topic Shop. This resource can be used with electronic distribution (learning management programs such as Google Classroom) IF password protected AND limited to a single classroom only. View our terms of use here: https://primarytopicshop.co.uk/terms-of-use/
Egypt Today
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Egypt Today

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The Egypt Today lesson covers facts about Egypt today including geography, size, population and landforms. The lesson gives context to the Ancient Egypt unit, showing how the country has changed over more than 4000 years. The map activity is a fun way for students to understand where Egypt is in relation to other north African countries and the Mediterranean Sea using a globe or an atlas as a reference. Pages: 5 (including two answer sheets) Contents: Information Handout Multiple Choice Map Activity Answer Sheets
Ancient Romans - Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
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Ancient Romans - Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

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Teach your students about the ancient Roman city of Pompeii with reading, worksheets and a fun activity. The PDF resource includes facts about Mount Vesuvius, the story of Pompeii, discoveries from the excavation including the city, trade, food, religion, writing and people. There is a vocabulary page with definitions. Worksheet include find the synonym, multiple choice, comprehension questions. In the newspaper article activity, students write a newspaper article about the eruption using interviews with Pliny the Younger and the ghost of Pliny the Elder. The interview notes are based on real accounts of the eruption. This activity is differentiated with four different task cards and several newspaper template options and can be done in groups or individually. Suitable for KS2 Contents: 4 Information Handouts 1 Vocabulary Handout 1 Find the Synonym Activity 2 Pages of Differentiated Reading Response (Comprehension Questions & Multiple Choice) Newspaper Article Activity with task cards, templates and example 3 Answer Sheets
Ancient Egypt - Symbols
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Ancient Egypt - Symbols

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There are many icons associated with the gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt that represent different religious values. Even Egyptians who couldn’t read hieroglyphs, understood the meaning of many symbols. Today, we sometimes use symbols instead of words to send a message that can be understood by everyone. With these activities, your students can play archaeologist, finding symbols on a photo of a real obelisk and they can play detective, finding the symbols around them. Pages: 8 (including 2 answer sheets) Contents: 2 Information Pages 1 Draw the Symbol Activity 1 Symbol Detective Activity 1 Symbol Interpreter Activity 1 Find the Symbol Activity Answer Sheets All photos, illustrations and text are by Christa Galloway, Primary Topic Shop. This is part of a complete unit on Ancient Egypt.
Viking Weapons
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Viking Weapons

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This lesson describes types of viking weapons and armour. It includes a design-your-own-shield activity and a reading response worksheet. Includes a bonus differentiated maths activity (fractions) and maths puzzles. Aimed at KS2 Y4-6 Pages: 13 (including answer sheets) Contents: Information Pages Design Your Own Shield Activity Reading Response Maths Fractions Activities (differentiated) Maths Puzzles (differentiated) Answer Sheets All photos, illustrations and text are original by the author. This is part of a complete unit on Vikings.
Vikings - Lesson, Worksheet and Activity Bundle
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Vikings - Lesson, Worksheet and Activity Bundle

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Activities and reading response questions accompany information sheets covering Who Were The Vikings, Life in the Viking Age, Timeline, Beliefs, Jewellery, Runes, Sagas, Ships, Voyages, Weapons and Review. For display, there is a large banner (printable on 4 A3 sheets) showing the Viking Age timeline.
Ancient Romans - Romulus and Remus
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Ancient Romans - Romulus and Remus

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One of the most famous Roman myths, is the tale of Romulus and Remus. This story is unique in Roman mythology because it is an original Roman myth, rather than a legend borrowed from the Greeks or another culture. In this lesson, students learn about the legend of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome. The PDF includes information handouts, a vocabulary exercise and differentiated reading response worksheets. 10 Pages (including 4 answer sheets) Contents: 2-page Reading Handout Antonym or Synonym Worksheet Differentiated Reading Response (Comprehension Questions / Multiple Choices / True or False) Answer Sheets If you like this resource, please take a look at our other Ancient Roman history resources in our store.
Ancient Egypt - The Rosetta Stone
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Ancient Egypt - The Rosetta Stone

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The Rosetta Stone lesson includes facts about the Rosetta Stone and the story of the Rosetta Stone. The activities included are a reading response, find the definition, find the synonym and crack the code. Pages: 10 (including 3 answer sheets) Contents: Information Page Story Reading Response Activity Find The Definition Activity Find The Synonym Activity Crack The Code Activity Answer Sheets All photos, illustrations and text are original by the author. This is part of a complete unit on Ancient Egypt.
Ancient Greece - Mythological Beasts
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Ancient Greece - Mythological Beasts

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In this lesson, students learn about Greek mythological creatures. Twelve of the main Greek beasts, creatures and monsters are explored in listings, Centaur, Cerberus, Chimera, Cyclops, Harpy, Hydra, Medusa, Minotaur, Pegasus, Phoenix, Satyr and Siren. Each listing features an original illustration, facts and a short myth. The introduction includes interesting facts about ancient Greek mythological beasts including heroes, natural phenomena, animal attributes and powers. There is also a page exploring three constellations named after mythological beasts. Activities include differentiated reading response, create a monster activity, match the beast activity, constellation task cards and a printable memory card game. Pages: 38 (including 7 answer sheets) PLUS: A black and white version of the entire resource Contents: 12 Illustrated Listings Research a Beast Activity Constellation Page Constellation Task Cards Star Charts Create a Monster Activity Match the Beast Activity Printable Memory Card Game Questions / Multiple Choice / True or False (Differentiated Reading Response) Questions or comments? Contact me at admin@primarytopicshop.co.uk All text and illustrations are by Christa Galloway, Primary Topic Shop.
Ancient Egypt -  Papyrus
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Ancient Egypt - Papyrus

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This free lesson covers the papyrus plant, uses of papyrus, papyrus paper, and making papyrus paper. There is a reading response activity and a making papyrus activity. This lesson is being offered free for as a sample of the Ancient Egypt bundle, but it can be used alone as a lesson. If you like this free resource, please take a look at the rest of the Ancient Egypt bundle. Thanks! Pages: 5 (including answer sheet) Contents: 2 Information Handouts 1 Reading Response Worksheet 1 Making Papyrus Activity Answer Sheet All photos, illustrations and text by Christa Galloway.
Ancient Romans - Roman Writing
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Ancient Romans - Roman Writing

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Teach your students about the Latin alphabet and ancient Roman writing with reading, worksheets and a fun activity. The PDF resource includes information about Roman writing including the Latin language and alphabet, old italic, classical Latin and modern Latin alphabets, Roman Cursive. There is also a key of the Roman cursive alphabet and a visual timeline showing the evolution of the Latin alphabet. Multiple choice questions test reading comprehension and students get to try out reading and writing Roman cursive with a variety of fun activities. Suitable for KS2. Pages: 13 (including 4 answer sheets) Contents: 2 Information Handouts 1 Timeline 1 Discussion Page 1 Decipher the Sentence Activity 1 Writing Fun Activity 1 Secret Message Activity 1 Multiple Choice 1 Matching Activity 4 Answer Sheets
Viking Runes
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Viking Runes

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The Viking Runes lesson covers the runic alphabet, uses of runes, runestones and rune casting. It includes a multiple choice worksheet, a de-code the runestone activity and a cryptic Viking message activity. Aimed at KS2 Y4-6 Pages: 4 (plus answer sheets) Contents: Information Page De-code the Runestone Activity Cryptic Viking Message Activity Multiple Choice Worksheets Answer sheets All photos, illustrations and text are original by the author. This is part of a complete unit on Vikings.
Ancient Egypt - Afterlife and Mummification
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Ancient Egypt - Afterlife and Mummification

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The Afterlife and Mummification lesson covers Ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding the Afterlife, the origin of mummification, the steps of mummification, canopic jars, the funeral, the Book of the Dead and the Underworld. Pages: 9 Contents: 3 Information Pages 1 Multiple Choice 1 Number The Steps Activity 1 Crossword Activity 3 Answer Sheets All photos, illustrations and text are original by Christa Galloway, Primary Topic Shop.
Ancient Greece - City-States
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Ancient Greece - City-States

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Ancient Greece was made up of city-states that were independent of each other. These city-states shared a language and a religion but they had different laws, governments and currency. The resource has reading passages about city-states, types of governments in city-states, and Athens and Sparta as well as worksheets and activities. Pages: 10 (including 3 answer sheets) Contents: 2 Information Handouts Comprehension Questions Multiple Choice Questions Polis Expert Activity Compare Athens and Sparta Activity Make Your Own Polis Activity Answer Sheets This resource is a free sample of our Ancient Greece bundle. Please take a moment to view our terms of service. https://primarytopicshop.co.uk/terms-of-use/