Year 3 came in to a shocking discovery of a crime scene. Outlined on our classroom carpet was Tutankamun but the big question was... how did he die? Using a range of primary sources (from x-rays to artefacts) Year 3 became Egyptian detectives investigating the evidence available. Theories ranged from a chariot crash to murder by one of three suspects! We then created some Egyptian sunset art by mixing different shades of colours. Finally, we built a working model of a shaduf (which was used to lift a bucket of water from the Nile for farming) and chose to create 3D pyramids, 3D mummies and design our own death masks for a sarcophagus. The children looked fantastic in their Ancient Egyptian outfits!
We have been studying Ancient Egypt in Year 3 Project lessons and this week we tried to put our learning into good use. In groups, we decided to mummify each other. We talked about how they would have done this in Ancient Egyptian times and what positions they would have been put into. Although it looks easy, it was harder than we thought to cover up all of the legs, arms and body! If our dead pharaohs moved, it made it even more tricky for us! Did you know it took Ancient Egyptians 70 days to properly mummify a dead body? We sped this up and tried to do it in just 7 minutes... how do you think we did?
This week, Year 3 entered the virtual world through VR headsets as part of our volcano topic. We were able to visit volcanoes around the world, and find these exciting places on maps. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to explore volcanoes up close as well as seeing the insides of them to understand how they work. We even took a trip through space to visit a volcano on Mars!
After all the practicing, costume buying, prop making and acting, it was finally time for the Year 3 Performance on Rocking Through Pre-History! Year 3 gave a stunning performance taking the audience through the different ages in pre-history; the Stone Age, Iron age and Bronze Age. The children gave everything and sung their hearts out. We even had an encore of our favourite song.... Mammoth Hunters!
A huge thank you to the staff who stayed to help, the parents for continuing to support us with the costumes and by coming to watch and the biggest thank you to the children who were stunning!
Year 2 have had an exciting start to the year with a brilliant ignite day for their topic, the Great Fire of London. We were lucky enough to be joined for the day by Mistress Victoria and Master Ian who brought with them plenty of activities and knowledge! We started the day by getting into role and imagined that we were in London in 1666 and the fire had just broken out. Throughout the day we had regular updates about how the fire was spreading and also learnt lots of new skills by making apothecary bags, writing with quills and learning all about medicine at the time.
After lunch we became archaeologists and carefully dug in soil to see what was left after the fire and how we could tell who the items belonged to. We found pots, cups and shells! Finally, the children were able to watch Victoria make a button out of pewter. Next week we will be continuing our learning by writing recounts of the day and using our items that we made to help us. When we have finished this the children will be able to take them home to show their families.
Year 5 had a great trip to Holdenby House to learn all about how Victorian servants lived and worked. When we arrived we were separated into boys and girls and set to work many different jobs by Mrs Bumbridge!
We learnt lots of new facts about the Victorians, but most of all we thought they were very strict!
Have a look at some of our photos from the trip.