Category Archives: History

Our finished Ancient Egypt eBooks

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.

Here are some examples of children’s work.
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Lola and Keelie’s eBook
Read Ke-Xin-Z’s eBook
Read Kai’s eBook
Read Nathan and Mason’s eBook

Egyptian Research

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.

Video: Egyptian Day

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.

Write like an Egyptian!

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!

A mummy has arrived in our classroom!

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?

Studying Stonehenge!

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.

Stone Age Cave Paintings

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.