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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 Writing Roots.  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 Writing Root is available for The Story of Tutankhamun.

Writing Root 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 Writing Root 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 of learning 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.

Text Rationale:

This illustrated non-fiction book was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway children’s book awards in 2018.  Including colourful illustrations, maps, inventories and graphic novel storyboards, the book presents a highly engaging way for children to develop historical skills and weave historical knowledge into their writing.

Links and themes:

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

Date written: May 2018

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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 Writing Roots 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.

There is a Spelling Seed session for every week of the associated Writing Root.


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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