Egyptian Adventures

Class 4 have been exploring the ancient world of Egypt. We've been enjoying the brilliant Phoenix Code by the author Helen Moss, who has shown how wonderfully historical fact can be blended with a fictional story. We will be studying this book more as part of work towards World Book Day.

At the start of this half term, we explored the art of mummification through a scientific experiment. Mrs Rogers had brought Bastet, the sea bream and showed how the body cavity was stuffed with natron, and then the whole body completed surrounded in the salt mix too. This was after Bastet had been weighed - a starting mass of nearly 300g.

On a weekly basis, Bastet has been removed from her salt bath and weighed. After five weeks, her mass is now 182g, showing just how effective the dehydration process is.

Not to be outdone, the children were given a tomato, which they deseeded and weighed. The average mass was around 75g. After five weeks, most have a mass between 10g and 15g.

Our first experience of Egypt was the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon. We learned how much of what we know about Egyptian burial practices comes from the incredible artefacts discovered in the tomb. We used all of this to write diary entries as if we were there at the time.

We have learned about Egyptian pharaohs, gods and goddesses and the funeral practices of the wealthy.

In our final week, we are taking a trip down the Nile, investigating why it is such a vital part of the history, life and culture of not only the Egypt of the past, but also of the future. From irrigation of the fields using a shaduf, to transportation via the traditional felucca, the annual ancient floods and the control of this by the building of the Aswan dam, we will explore Egypt's most vital asset.

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