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Ancient Egyptian glossary and vocabulary list

From Pharaohs and hieroglyphs to papyrus and scribes, the world of the Ancient Egyptians is full of brand new vocabulary for your class to enjoy.

To help you and your KS1 or KS2 class keep on top of the key terms you’ll need when learning about the period, download our Ancient Egyptian glossary below.


Ancient Egyptian glossary for KS1 and KS2: Free download

Featuring 16 unique terms from Ancient Egypt and complete with easy-to-understand definitions, this glossary will become an essential part of teaching the topic in primary school. 

Resources come courtesy of the Scholastic Resource Bank.  


What’s included in this Ancient Egypt glossary pack?

This handout contains definitions and explanations for 16 key terms from the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Included in the handout is:

  • Ankh
  • Cartouche
  • Papyrus
  • Sarcophagus
  • Stele


How can this resource my primary class?

This resource is something that can be referred back to as your class continues their learning about Ancient Egypt.

Hand the glossary out early on and as key terms are introduced to the class, each pupil is able to refer back for a definition. This way, pupils are never lost when discussing something from the period.


What other Ancient Egypt resources can I download?

For more free resources on the topic of Ancient Egypt, take a look at:

Ancient Egypt: Explore our content hub

Get ahead of your planning for next term with Ancient Egypt topic hub. From craft videos to free worksheets, it contains everything you need to engage your class next term.

Included in the hub:

  • Free downloadable resources
  • Fun facts and activities
  • Craft and wall display guides

And it’s all free! Explore the Hope Education Ancient Egypt topic hub and prepared for next term.


<a href="" target="_self">William Hinch</a>

William Hinch

Hope Education writer

Will has been writing for Hope Education since July 2020, helping provide teachers with tips, advice and insight that helps them educate the next generation. Away from his educational writing, Will is a typical Yorkshireman; a lover of ale, cricket and tea!

6 June 2021

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