It has been an Egyptian kind of term for us in Tolcarne with many activities focused on our History theme. In the first week we started with some DT and designed a Canopic Jar. We researched how they should look and chose a selection that we liked the most.
We made the jars out of air dry clay and decorated them in gold and blue. We selected an Egyptian God to represent the head on the top of our jars. It was more difficult to do than it looked.
Here are some photos of our Design and Make experience using clay to make Canopic Jars. There are also some images of our evaluations.
We had an amazing time on our Ancient Egyptian Day. We dressed up in costume and used the green screen to take images of each of us on different backgrounds. We chose images of the tombs and pyramids. We enjoyed posing in different Egyptian positions.
As part of our homework we have been asked to make a pyramid. We could choose to do this as we wished. We have had some amazing designs, including three cakes! Thank you to Erin, Emma and Bella for their delicious pyramids.
Our most exciting activity this month was our visit from The Flying Fish Company. The company are local and based in Indian Queens. We were fortunate enough to have David and Caroline come in on our Egyptian Day to help us mummify some fish!
David gave a talk about where the fish comes from, how many fish are caught and about sustainability of the fish in our oceans. We were then shown how to gut and fillet a mackerel. It was very interesting. Many of us had not experienced this before.
After our demonstration we had the chance to gut and prepare our own fish. In pairs we took out the insides of the fish and put it into our canopic jars - just like the Egyptians did, we then washed and salted the fish, wrapping them in bandages. It was a smelly, sticky job that some of us struggled to stomach!
Look at the expressions on our faces...we will not forget this lesson in a hurry!