Today, Year 4 enjoyed their educational visit to the Tower of London. This was a great way to find out a little bit more about the Tudors, and we even had the opportunity to meet Lady Latimer – aka Katherine Parr – shortly after she had accepted King Henry VIII’s marriage proposal! Do you remember what year we were in?
We found out about Henry’s previous five wives, and learnt the beginning of the rhyme, “Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded…” but how does it end?! Can you find out what happened to his sixth and final wife?
The children were very excited by the ravens, and most of them managed to hang on to their lunches! We also had the opportunity to see the Crown Jewels.
40 days ago, we began the mummification process with our fish pharaohs:
Today, we completed the process!
Firstly, we carefully removed the fish’s organs from the salt where they had been for over a month. We placed them inside the canopic jar with a special combination of spices.
We then removed the body of the fish from the salt; we are very surprised at how well-preserved they were. The skins had turned hard and leathery! Then, we thoroughly washed the salt from the body and dried it. When it was completely dry, we anointed the fish with olive oil and the spices.
Now it was time to wrap the body in strips of linen. We placed the amulets that we had made between the layers.
The bodies were now ready to be entombed in the pyramids that we had created. We placed the mummies in their final resting place along with our amazing shabtis and the canopic jars containing their organs.
Finally, it was the moment we’d all been waiting for: the feast!
We tried chickpeas, falafel, flatbreads, cheese, dates, dried figs, cucumber, celery, grapes, melon, honey and …. marshmallows! Yes the Ancient Egyptians really ate marshmallows!!
Firstly, we searched the World Gallery for Ancient Egyptian artefact and we managed to find them all!
We then had a fantastic workshop with Lucy where we found out about Ancient Egyptian mummification practices. We put on cotton gloves and carefully handled some amazing artefacts – some of them were over 3000 years old!
We handled a death mask, amulets, a shabti, part of a sarcophagus, part of a tomb, strips of linen from a mummy and some jewellery. We even saw a mummified bird!
After lunch, we played in the Horniman gardens – we had a great time!
6L visited the Horniman Museum today as part of their topic on Ancient Egypt. They had a fantastic time handling artefacts that were over 3000 years old, predicting what they were and hearing all about the process of mummification. Well done to 6L who were impeccably behaved throughout the visit.
Finally 6L had the opportunity to see a mummified bird that was 3000 years old!!!
Today, Year 5 were lucky enough to have a visit from Peoplescape Theatre. We watched a performance that told the stories of people who had migrated to Lewisham, and learnt that migration means movement. We learnt that people migrate for many different reasons: to explore; to study; to work; to find a new home, being some of the many reasons. We talked about some of the reasons people may have for staying in Lewisham, or for returning to where they came from, and how difficult those decisions can be to make.
Over the course of the term, the children in Year 5 will be participating in workshops to learn more about Lewisham’s history and the stories of its people, culminating in a celebration of Lewisham’s diverse communities with a performance.
We’re really looking forward to the workshops, where we’ll have the opportunity to explore a theme through drama techniques such as still image, corridor of thought, shadow puppets, choral speaking and poetry writing.