Year 3 dressed as Egyptians yesterday to travel back in time to ancient Egypt. We were workers in the Street of the Dead, learning the different skills and crafts needed to prepare our Pharaoh for the after life.
We discovered that Pharaoh Akhenatun had been poisoned but was still alive. The Street was buzzing with rumours about who had attempted to kill him. Some thought it was the high priests, others thought it was Nefertiti.
To celebrate the life of the king, Nefertiti held a great banquet. Whilst royal slaves served food to all the workers in the Street of the Dead, the year 3 Egyptians performed dances and dramas based on the legends of ancient Egypt: Isis and Osiris and The Wax Crocodile. We even had a fortune telling display from the Apis Bull!
Here are some extracts of the diaries Year 3 wrote as their Egyptian character:
‘My name is Nefertiti. No, no, not her majesty, I was named after her. I had woken up lazily and rubbed my eyes. Suddenly my mind came into focus. I had to do Ma’at! I sprang up and raced outside, not bothering to put on my shoes. I knew the Pharaoh would not be happy.
A few minutes later I was at the Street of the Dead. The Vizier was giving out orders and I went to the stall that made perfumed wax cones.’ ( Sophia)
‘Next I made a scarab beetle, carved into soap. It took a long time to do it with the tools we used with slave mistress Barber. Soon after I’d started it, i got called by the Vizier. “Hathor! Come, you’ve been chosen to be a warrior!’ So I went over with my friend Imtas who was another warrior. We had to ask the slave mistress questions.’ (Jessica)
‘I painted the pyramids and definitely did the sun because of Aten. After that I went to write my name in hieroglyphs so when I die my soul can find me.’ (Iona)
‘I went to learn mummification, it’s fun you should try it. You make a mixture of myrrh, cinnamon and coriander. Then grind it up and pour it into a pot then mix it up.’ ( Sam)
‘I got a pestle and mortar to crush coal and gum. We made ink out of it. We wrote our name in hieroglyphics on papyrus ready for the afterlife.‘ (Maxwell)
We had an amazing learning adventure together and were able to do so many different activities thanks to our parent helpers who gave up their time to become slave mistresses in the Street of the Dead.
Thank you too to all year 3 parents. The children all looked magnificent in their egyptian costumes and being in costume helped us imagine that we really were in ancient Egypt. The children (supported by parents and other family members) had gone to great and creative lengths to assemble their costumes. We all learned so much and had fun doing it!