P1-3 donned their archaeological hats for the morning when they travelled back in time to Ancient Egypt with Kathryn Purchase from History Alive.
The session began with a bang as Kathryn arrived in a full ‘Howard Carter’ style costume with a giant hieroglyph display. She took the children through the location and background of Ancient Egypt and asked them to think about how we can possibly know anything about people who lived 5000 years ago.
She introduced archaeological evidence left behind by the Ancient Egyptians and encouraged the children to think about what this tells us about the lives of those people so long ago.
The boys and girls learned about the social hierarchy of Egypt from slaves and peasant to Pharaohs. There was much discussion about the lives they led and how they compare to our own today. Homes, jobs, games, clothes, food and worship, and much more were all explored.
The children were particularly fascinated by the ancient Gods, tombs and mummification process!
Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to dress up in Ancient Egyptian costumes and to have a hands-on exploration of artefacts. There was even an opportunity to carry out an archaeological dig using a sand box to reveal treasures. The boys and girls carefully scraped and brushed sand away to see what they could uncover. There was an opportunity to write their names in hieroglyphs and complete puzzles.
The children had a fantastic morning and learned lots of new information to help with their topic. The class now say that , “Many of us want to be archaeologists when we grow up!”