Children from year 3 enjoyed a trip to the Beaney Museum in Canterbury to learn all about Ancient Egypt.
They took part in a workshop in the learning lab on mummification. This involved one of the children dressing up as the Pharoah and making unpopular decisions when ruling Egypt. The Pharoah was then ‘assassinated’ and ‘mummified’ by a group of volunteer embalmers!
Following this the children took part in a timed activity where they worked in small groups to mummify a toy. They had to ensure that the toy was completely covered in linen, that it didn’t come undone and that the protective amulets were carefully tucked inside and wouldn’t fall out (even if the toy was thrown in the air)!
After that the children split into two groups. One group went on a tour of the museum where they saw a display of real Ancient Egyptian artefacts including canopic jars, amulets, linen and a mummified cat. They were also able to hold replica items such as jewellery and toys from the time.
The other group made a cartouche with their name in hieroglyphics on papyrus paper. The two groups then swapped over activities.
All of the children had a great day, with the children particularly liking the mummified cat and learning to write in hieroglyphics. Maka reported that she would like to go to the museum again and Tami said that her favourite part was seeing the artefacts.
Isaac was intrigued to learn that the Egyptians didn’t care about the brain in the mummification process and threw that in the bin, whilst Kian enjoyed looking at the objects through a microscope.
Amanda enjoyed herself so much that on the way back to school she was heard saying, “I just wish we could go back and start this day all over again!”