Tea, coffee and juice was available to drink while everyone studied the topic books which were full of a range of work; mind maps, fact files, letters, photos, instructions on how to mummify a body, hieroglyphs as well as their very own Egyptian story. Parents were allowed to see the tomb that had been discovered by Year 3 a couple of weeks back, containing canopic jars, a sarcophagus, the book of the dead as well as some precious jewels and coins.
Egyptian projects had been completed at home and these too were available to examine. There was such a range; from books to pyramids, hieroglyphs to our very own Rosetta stone! It really is great to see different people’s ideas and how work can be presented in such a variety of ways.
The children worked in groups to make their own free standing pyramids. This process was broken down into many steps, starting with the planning and designing stage. They explored materials and investigated how many wooden rods they would need to build their structure. This was then recorded on the iPads using ‘Skitch’. The second step was to work collaboratively to build the pyramid. Measuring, sawing and gluing all took place. Once the frame was complete they had to decide how to cover and decorate their pyramid. The children then composed an iMovie to demonstrate each step of the process – as well as their evaluation.
It was great to see how the children have been using technology during the topic. iMovies of their pyramid projects were being played in one room. Chatterpix videos about the daily life of an Egyptian were in another and the final room had news reports. These reports were written by the children and recorded in front of the green screen, resulting in their news reports looking like they were being filmed in a studio or in Ancient Egypt. The ICT suite was also open to the public to play the Egyptian ‘Scratch’ games that the children have been making over the last few weeks.
I think everyone will agree that the children thoroughly enjoyed this topic and learnt a great deal. Thank you Year 3 for being great tour guides and escorting your parents around the exhibition.
By Libby Henderson