This afternooon, Bluebirds turned their hand to creating some authentic looking Canopic jars. Egyptians used to place human organs in these for safe keeping to the afterlife. Each jar had one of the Egyptian gods on the lid.
Do you know which organs were removed?
Do you know what Egyptians did to the brain?
Year 3 Bluebirds have completed their eBooks based on Ancient Egypt. During the last few lessons, Bluebirds have researched, designed and created a book based on a specific topic.
The children have been exploring and creating their eBooks using a website called Book Creator. They typed their facts and also inserted related images. The children tried various font styles and backgrounds to add further design to the page.
Mrs Parry and Mr Baddhan were delighted with the children’s work and design of their eBooks.
Today, Bluebirds chose an area of Egyptian life to research for themselves. Once they have gather information from both websites and books, they will be able to create some fantastic e-books with Mr Baddhan in Computing. They chose categories such as mummies and the afterlife, food and drink, homes, daily life, the River Nile and Pharaohs and pyramids.
Bluebirds have thoroughly enjoyed a full Egyptian day today with “The History Man.” This morning, they learnt all about River Nile, mummification, weapons, daily life, clothes, food, pyramids and games. The children had the opportunity to handle replicas and artefacts which was very exciting!
After lunch, the children experienced a hands on practical workshop experience and had the chance to use/play with all the equipment. It was very noisy but great fun! In addition, the children all made clay scarab beetle seals and cartouches with hieroglyphics, made sketches of some of the items and wrote in hieroglyphics on papyrus paper.
This afternoon, Bluebirds have been learning all about hieroglyphs as part of their topic on Ancient Egyptians. They found out there are over 700 different ones and sometimes there is more than one symbol or picture for the same letter. After decoding a message from Mrs Parry, the children wrote secret messages for their partner to solve!
This afternoon, some very exciting artefacts arrived in the classroom. The artefacts and photos proved as sources of evidence so Bluebirds got their thinking caps on to consider the questions below:
What is it?
What is it made from?
What do you think was used for?
What does it tell us about Egyptian life?
Who might it have belonged to?
Where do you think it might have been found?
What would you like to know about it?
Today, Bluebirds travelled back through the ages in a time machine simulation to discover Ancient Egypt. They created a human timeline to help understand when this period of history was. Afterwards, the children created individual timelines to plot the main events throughout the Ancient Egyptian time period.
On Tuesday, Bluebirds found out more about the Stone Age diet and how they progressed from just eating berries and nuts to catching fish and farming. The class compared their diet to that of the Stone Age era.
Bluebirds were fascinated to learn all about Stonehenge this afternoon. They were amazed at both how long ago the construction started and that hundreds of people transported the stones using rivers, oxen and ropes! The stones were moved and raised using rollers, ropes, wooden levers, A frames, pulleys and of course man power!
The children discovered it was used for healing, worship and burial showing us that Stone Age people believed in worshipping Gods, including sun gods.
Today, Bluebirds looked at photos of real paintings from Stone Age Caves in Spain, France and Bulgaria. The children wondered whether the people used berries, animal blood or charcoal from their fires. Most of the paintings were of animals and in some cases, people.
Mrs Parry demonstrated how to draw and shade the pictures using different Art pencils. The children were keen to get started on their own pictures.