KS2 History: Ancient Egypt. Nanu - The Farm Girl

Nanu is a 12 year old girl who works at home on the farm...but who dreams of one day becoming a doctor.

Nanu - The Farm Girl

This video follows the story of Nanu, a fictitious 12 year old farm girl from Ancient Egypt.

She lives with her mother and five brothers and sisters on a farm owned by Lord Wagaf. Since her father died, Nanu and her siblings work with their mother to run the farm - but Nanu dreams of becoming a doctor and makes offerings to the god of physicians every day.

We explore Nanu’s story and how important the River Nile was to successful farming in Ancient Egypt.

We learn about the different seasons of Ahket and Peret and how farming changed during these times.

During a visit to the farm Lady Wegaf’s child gets sick after eating some poisonous berries. Nanu jumps to the rescue and saves the child using her understanding of medicine.

In return, Lady Wegaf agrees to help Nanu get int o the school of lady physicians and realise her dream of becoming a doctor!

Teacher's Notes

This video helps pupils explore life in Ancient Egypt and people from all sections of Ancient Egyptian society.

It provides a platform for teachers to discuss aspiration and barriers to success, with a focus on how everyone can achieve their goals.

This resource provides an opportunity for pupils to learn about the importance of aspiration and of inclusion.

The film introduces children to hieroglyphics and looks at the role that education played in the lives of Ancient Egyptian children.

Points for discussion (History Linked)

  • What was Nanu’s dream?
  • How was Nanu special?
  • Why was Ahket important to farmers in Ancient Egypt?
  • What do you think life was like on Nanu’s farm?
  • How would you feel if you had saved someone’s life?
  • How would you feel if you were Lady Wegaf?

Suggested activities (Cross curricular opportunities)

Creative WritingWrite a letter from Lady Wegaf to thank Nanu for saving her child’s life and inviting Nanu to begin training to be a doctor. Then write a letter from Nanu to Lady Wegaf in response to her letter. Through their writing, pupils can explore how the characters felt, what happened during their time and the impact of the events on each character.

Life Near a River - Pupils to use an outline map of a river to investigate the positive and negative impacts of living close to one. Can they break the impacts into physical and human examples as they carry out this research?

Where does our food come from? - Pupils to use an outline map of the world to find out where their food comes from in a day. Can they plot the locations that their daily diet comes from, calculate how far it travels and then work out the total distance their food travelled in a day?

Careers and the World of Work - Pupils to have a series of cards with Ancient Egyptian and modern day job roles on. Pupils to cut these cards out and to then decide whether they are modern day or Ancient Egyptian jobs or both. Once the pupils have sorted the jobs, they can then think about what skills the people would need to carry out these jobs and why these were important.

Curriculum Notes

This film is relevant for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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See also...

KS2 Music: Ancient Egypt
Song: 'Amulets and hieroglyphs'