KS2 Music: Ancient Egypt. Song: 'Living, living River Nile'

The song and other video content explores the critical importance of the River Nile to Ancient Egyptian civilisation.

Refer to the Teacher's Notes for more information about the song, including follow-up music activities based on it and suggestions for cross-curricular study.

Why was the River Nile so important to the Ancient Egyptians?

The River Nile

The video explores the vital role the River Nile played in the success of Ancient Egypt.

It begins by highlighting the role of the shaduf - a tool used to move water from one place to another, thus allowing use of water from the Nile in the irrigation of crops.

The video also covers how important the river was to daily life, highlighting the various ways the river was used in normal years when the water was plentiful - but also the disaster that befell Ancient Egyptians in times of drought.

Pupils will see the wildlife and resources that came from the River Nile and how these were used in the advancement of Ancient Egyptian civilisation, including food and also how reeds were used for making a wide variety of essential items, including papyrus (the first form of paper) and simple boats.

The Nile was so significant to the Ancient Egyptians that they gave the river its own god, called Hapi.


Song: 'Living, living River Nile' - Instrumental

Teacher's Notes
Living, living River Nile - Lyrics
Living, living River Nile - Music
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Nile boat

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