This term Year 5 have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. Scroll down to look at some of the amazing work we have been doing.
The Ancient Egyptians wrote using a system of pictures called hieroglyphics. When the names of kings and queens were written, they were always placed within a special oval border or cartouche. We learnt how to write our names in hieroglyphics and then designed a cartouche necklace of our own. We used air drying clay to make our jewellery and then decorated by making indentations which we later painted.
We are very proud of our creations. What do you think?
We also learnt about the importance of the River Nile for Ancient Egyptian survival. We learnt about food and farming, daily life and jobs; and hierarchy and roles in society. We also learnt about the geography of Egypt and used our map skills to label cities, towns and important landmarks such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
One of the plants that grew along the fertile banks of the Nile was Papyrus which was made into paper and used by scribes. We made our own Papyrus paper and decorated it using hieroglyphics.
We were very fortunate to have our resident artist, Mrs Breakwell, teach us how to make these wonderful canopic jars out of clay. We had to persevere because sometimes the clay dried out and we needed to fix it with water. We made lots of sausages and a cup to coil the clay and form the base. We had to concentrate really hard when we were making the top of the jar, but we are really proud of how they all turned out!
We learnt how to sketch these wonderful ancient Egyptian artifacts. These took a lot of time, patience and perseverance!
Have a look at some of our Ancient Egypt ‘Un-homework’ projects. Thank you to all parents and carers for your support with these wonderful creations. The children have thoroughly enjoyed presenting their projects. The things they have learnt in their own time has been amazing!
We were very fortunate when Beth from Dancefest came to our school to run weekly dance sessions. She asked us what we had learnt about Ancient Egypt and then incorporated our ideas into her choreography. In the dance we show some of the different jobs and roles in Ancient Egyptian society. If you watch closely, you may see us: washing in and collecting water from the River Nile; digging and sowing seeds as farmers; embalming and mummifying bodies; acting as scribes writing in hieroglyphics and also pretending to be Pharaohs ordering their slaves to build the pyramids.
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We were very lucky to perform our dance in a festival held at Prince Henry’s School. We thoroughly enjoyed performing on the stage and learnt lots from watching other schools too! We were very excited to be awarded a certificate! Many thanks to Beth from Dancefest for all of your time and effort.
In English we read a story called ‘Osiris, King of the Dead’ and wrote newspaper reports after a break in at the palace. We tea stained our work to make it look more authentic.
Our class text this half term is ‘The Happy Prince’ by Oscar Wilde. We have been learning about the structure of fairy-tales and how to make our sentences more exciting.
In maths, we have been recapping multiplication and division. We have also been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages.
We were incredibly lucky to have the wonderful artist, Marie Therese King, come to our school and show us how to use chalks to create these amazing 3D-effect space scenes. We learnt lots of skills such as: creating light and shade, blending, smudging, making something look spherical and 3D, and also how to create stars using the ‘splatter technique’. Some of our work has been selected to be entered into a local competition at Number 8 Theatre, Pershore.