Kikcolm Primary had yet another fantastic visit from Kathryn Purchase today. P1-4 were delighted to welcome Kathryn and her box(es) of goodies into our classroom. As the doors flung open the children were transported back in time. Pupils spent the morning learning and experiencing what life was like 5000 years ago and even had the chance to see what it would be like as a real Egyptologist. Kathryn started her day with an informative and exciting talk explaining the social hierarchy of Egypt and discussing the lifestyles of everyone from slaves and farmers to the almighty Pharaohs. The talk discussed some of the weird and wonderful buildings created by Egyptians, from the ‘Pyramids of Giza’ to the ‘Bent Pyramid’ and explored the many different ways in which tombs have been designed throughout the ages.
After the talk the children were given the opportunity to participate in some hands-on history activities. On offer was a range of artefacts, ornaments, pictures and books for the children to examine and explore as well as some papyrus paper for the children to try their hand at drawing some hieroglyphics. Children were also given the chance to dress up in Egyptian costumes and have their photo taken against an Egyptian backdrop. One of the favourite activities of the morning was most certainly the ‘archaeological dig’. Pupils loved digging for the clay artefacts in the sandbox before carefully brushing off the sand to reveal their findings. The morning was rounded off with a thought provoking question and answer session. I guess we will never know if the Egyptians had some help from aliens, but that meteorite tool found in Tutankhamun’s tomb sure had us all asking some deep questions.
We can’t thank Kathryn enough for yet another brilliant visit. The boys and girls in P1-4 had an amazing day and we all look forward to welcoming her back soon.
Below are some photos from the day…