Throughout this project, the pupils have learned all about the Egyptians process of building pyramids, the pharaohs and Egyptian writing. We had a fantastic hook day to begin with which involved the children dressing up as Egyptians and completing a carousel of activities. The children enjoyed their problem solving task in which they had to role play as Egyptians moving slabs of sandstone across a courtyard, to build a pyramid without lifting the ‘block’. We then went outside and posed the problem of lifting up the playground tires with just the aid of a rope. This really helped the children to understand the struggles the Egyptians faced when building the pyramids. Later on, when the children came to build their own pulley system in DT, they could draw on this memory to support their learning.
In art, we began by decoding cryptic clues in Hieroglyphics in order to understand that Hieroglyphic symbols stood for sounds or words. From then onwards, the children created printing blocks out of cardboard and string in the Hieroglyphic alphabet. In groups, they then created an Egyptian themed background and printed their own cryptic messages onto the paper. Throughout the topic, children have researched the history of the pharaohs who ruled Egypt and some famous pyramids. This culminated in brilliant 3D non– chronological reports which are proudly on display in our school.