We became Egyptian scribes this afternoon whereupon we tried to master the skill of illustrating our names using hieroglyphics, which was an ancient form of Egyptian writing using pictures. Did you know that there were 700 hieroglyphic images that the Egyptian people had to learn so as to be able to read and write?!…that is a lot of characters but an interesting fact to remember!
During our visit to the Hands on History Museum today, we used our creative skills to create some papyrus paper which the Egyptians used to write on. We carefully weaved the stems from the papyrus plant and firmly pressed it between a sheet of paper. We will let the papyrus dry out at school so as to hopefully create our own papyrus to write on.
We have had a great Mummification session with Naomi at the Hands on History Museum. Our Egyptian Queen was prepared for the mummification process and Anubis, the Egyptian God of Mummification, observed to make sure everything was completed correctly.
session 2 – Exploring Artefacts
We moved upstairs into the museum to explore the artefacts on display, to practise being Egyptologists!
We learnt about replicas, copies made of objects from Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard’s Carter’s team, so that everyone can see the artefacts and learn from the amazing discovery of the tomb.
Looking closely at the artefacts we noticed important details like hieroglyphics to paint names on the furniture, animal heads and scarab beetles.
Imagine having a perfume bottle this large!!!! Mrs Hebden would love that! ❤️
We looked at the real mummy of a priest, about 2500 years old. So, it’s kept in a case inside of a room that is dark and cold to keep it in great condition and to prevent any damage to this wonderful artefact!
As Egyptologists, we worked in groups to touch, discuss and explore a range of artefacts to figure out what they were.
Year 3 have been exploring and investigating many Egyptian artefacts at the Hands on History museum this morning. We have learnt lots of interesting facts and information to build upon our prior learning. Finding out that the ‘Mummy’ is actually real was a true shock for some!…but a super educational time was had by all.
Chris and Naomi welcomed us into the Hands on History Museum, they’d opened especially for us! We hung up our coats and stored our packed lunches before heading into the museum classroom for our first learning session.
Session one- Mummification
The ancient Egyptians lived 5000 up to 2000 years ago.
They developed a clever way to stop the bodies of the dead from rotting away called mummification. Chris, helped by Jake and Reuben demonstrate the mummification process to us with lots of fantastic visual aids.
We helped to wash the body.
We removed the organs …. some to be kept and others were disguarded.
The heart ❤️ remained in the body as the Ancient Egyptians thought that was where all a persons thinking and feelings were done. We especially loved to find out that the brain was removed by cracking the scull and pulling it out with a hook through the nose. urgh 😝
We then discovered that covering the body with a salt called Natron for forty days, helped to dry out the extra water in the body.
After 40 days, the skin on our Mummy had dried out so we had to wash the body and rub the body in oil.
We stuffed the body with sawdust and cloth to help the body keeps its shape.
We Placed some of the organs in canopic jars (which we are making for our Museum) the canopic jars are decorated with the four sons of Horus and buried with the body to take into the after Life.
Amongst the linen bandages that the mummy was wrapped in, they placed a scroll from the book of the bead, amulets and Jewellery so that he would be well prepared in the afterlife.
A death mask (like the ones we are making ) was placed upon the face so the body could breathe, see and hear in the afterlife.
Finally, Anubis weighed the persons heart against the feather of truth in the weighing of the heart ceremony to see if the person had led a good life and would move into the afterlife happily.
We we are pleased to say that Jake had been a very good Pharoah and his heart was lighter than the feather!
As we continue our quest to discover ‘why we are so mystified by the Ancient Egyptians’ we took a visit to the Hands on History Museum in Hull. What better way to inspire the creation of our Museum than to visit one?
Our first workshop- we discovered the gory details of mummification by carrying out the ritual on one of our class mates. 😀 We were surprised to discover that the Anciemt Egyptians didn’t realise the importance of the brain and discarded it! We stored our friends organs safely away in canopic jars for his afterlife.
To continue our learning about mummification back at school, we covered an apple in salt , just as the Ancient Egyptians covered a body in Natron and we brought it back to school to observe the changes to the face which we drew in the apple skin.
Our second session took us into the Museum, where we explored a range of artefacts and got up close with a real mummy and sarcophagus! It was amazing! 👍
There are replicas of items found in Tutankhamun’s tomb that were donated to the museum by Mr Reckitt for us all to enjoy. We put our historian skills to the test as we handled a range of artefacts and had to figure out as a team what the items were.
For our third session, we discovered how difficult it was to be a scribe in Ancient Egypt – having to learn over 700 hieroglyphs!!!!!! and we made our own papyrus which was very cool.
We had such a fantastic day, we discovered so much about the mystifying Ancient Egyptians and we can’t wait to open our Museum to share all of our fantastic learning with our friends and family.
Huge thanks to the Hands on History team 👏 from team Year Four.
First we went out six at a time then we drew a circle in the middle of our paper plate and cut it out. We all painted our paper plates in gold and left them to dry. Then we painted our red and blue onto our necklace and added decorations. by Leila and Imogen
in Y3 we have had our very first session of orienteering and we love it! We had to use a map to follow instructions to get us around a course. Then we had to follow instructions to match the correct colours of equipment to make funny faces!