What did the ancient Egyptians believe?

For our topic launch, we started by digging for Egyptian artefacts and predicted what the objects may have told us about life in Ancient Egypt. We found many interesting artefacts, such as; a headdress, necklace, death mask, Egyptian fabric and a sphynx. We looked at them carefully and used observation to sketch out our favorite artefact. After, we looked at hieroglyphics and used these to create a cartouche. A cartouche was originally engraved into stone and included your name. 

'My favourite was the headdress because it was bright and colourful.'

'I predict the ancient Egyptians had lots of money because everything is gold.'

English

In English this half term we have focused on Ancient Egypt and read a book called ‘Scarabs Secret’ by Nick Would.

“This book is about a beetle named Khepri who saves the Princes’ life by leading him the correct way down the fork.”

“I thought the beetle was really clever for sending him the right way.”

“I can’t believe his advisors tried to kill him, what a mean thing to do!”

During guided reading, we read the book and used our inference skills to create a diary entry to describe how the prince would have been thinking and feeling when he found out his guards were trying to hurt him. We came up with some fantastic vocabulary such as ‘sabotage’ and ‘suspicious’ to describe the events. In addition to this, we also used our retrieval skills to summarise the story by creating a story map. We needed to remember the key parts of the story and brainstorm key words and phrases that linked.

As part of our writing, we applied everything we learnt in History about Mummification to write a set of instructions for how to mummify a body. We needed to remember key ingredients from our magic potion such as a title, imperative verbs, a what you will need list and time connectives.

We also needed to remember to add extra detail using conjunctions.”

“I included extra detail about how long to do each step for to help the reader understand.”

Finally, we collected all of the amazing facts that we had learnt over the half term to create a non- chronological report all about Ancient Egypt. To begin, we looked at the idea of ‘cohesion’ and discussed how using conjunctions to link related facts helps our writing to flow nicely.

“We also needed to remember to write the facts in order of importance to build cohesion.”

In English this half term we have focused on Ancient Egypt and read a book called ‘Scarabs Secret’ by Nick Would.

“This book is about a beetle named Khepri who saves the Princes’ life by leading him correct way down the fork.”

“I thought the beetle was really clever for sending him the right way.”

“I can’t believe his advisors tried to kill him, what a mean thing to do!”

As part  of our writing, we applied everything we learnt in History about Mummification to write a set of instructions for how to mummify a body. We needed to remember key ingredients from our magic potion such as a title, imperative verbs, a what you will need list and time connectives.

We also needed to remember to add extra detail using conjunctions.”

“I included extra detail about how long to do each step for to help the reader understand.”

Finally, we collected all of the amazing facts that we had learnt over the half term to create a non- chronological report all about Ancient Egypt. To begin, we looked at the idea of ‘cohesion’ and discussed how using conjunctions to link related facts helps our writing to flow nicely.

“We also needed to remember to write the facts in order of importance to build cohesion.”

This was our shared class text 'The Scarabs Secret'
This was our shared class text 'The Scarabs Secret'

History

History was our main focus this half term. We spent the first 2 weeks learning about life in ancient Egypt and how it is different to the life we live now.

Did you know that children started working as young as 8 years old!!”

“People had to walk very far to get to work or travel down the River Nile because there was no other way to get to work.”

We used maps and atlases to locate Egypt on a map and found out that it is a country that stretches over 2 continents (Asia and Africa).

It is much larger than England.”

To finish, we looked at the ancient ritual of mummification and learnt the key steps of this process. We also discussed how this was a special process that prepared Egyptians for the afterlife.

One part of mummification was pulling the brain out with a huge, iron hook, ewwww!”

R.E

Throughout R.E we have looked at a range of different religions and their religious celebrations. We began by looking at how each religion celebrated and then compared these to find similarities and differences. Once we had a good understanding, we then started to look at religious symbols and created Diwali lamps and Christingles.

 

Computing

For our computing topic we continued to work on our independence when using computers. To begin, we looked at a good and a bad example of a presentation and compared them both. We decided for a good power point presentation we needed to use colours that did not contrast each other, large font and clear text.

Maths

Our focus for Maths this half term has been multiplication and division. We started the half term by looking at these concepts using practical resources and applied key words such as ‘grouping’, ‘sharing’ and ‘lots of’.

“ 42 ÷ 7 = 6 is the same as 42 shared equally by 7 equals 6’”

We found out that there are many key words for these methods and they could be used to help us present our work. After this, we looked at how to create pictorial representations of our work. For example, 4 x 6 could be presented as 4 basket with 6 apples in each. During this half term we have also had a huge focus on our times tables facts. We have looked at these through multiplying and dividing numbers. We have practices many times tables through counting and quick fire questions.

“I have enjoyed learning Maths this half term because we have used lots of resources such as place value counters, base 10 and counters.”

 

Science

During Science we have revisited states of matter and applied our knowledge, and learning from last half term to carry out experiments and investigations. We recapped the states of matter and created quizzes to text our scientific knowledge.

Design and Technology

During DT this half term we have looked at the design process (research, plan, make and evaluate to create our own ancient Egyptian death masks. We first looked into what a death mask was originally used for and found out that they are placed on the top of the sarcophagus to represent the person. Then, we looked closer at the key features and discussed what we needed to include in our design.

“We need to include dark colours for the eyebrows and eyes to make them stand out.”

“We will use gold paint to reflect the fact the masks were made from gold.”

Once we had collected all of our research, we began to use this to create a design. Some of us decided to use the traditional patterns of stripes, however, some of use decided to be creative and use different patterns such as spots and shapes.

“It was really tricky thinking of what design I wanted to do but looking at real examples helped me.”

Now our designs were completed, we got to do the fun bit…… making. We first created the base for our death mask by attaching a cardboard headdress to a mask. It was a little bit tricky so we needed help for our partner to do this bit. Once this was completed, we used mod rock to mold the shape of the face and paint to add detail.

“It was a little bit tricky using the mod rock because it dried so quickly! You needed to work fast to create the shape that you wanted.”