Mummies and Masks
This half term, we focus our theme learning around Ancient Egypt, where we consider what life was like during Ancient Egyptian times and create an Egyptian death mask through our Design and technology learning. Within computing, we will develop skills to make music and write our own lyrics based on the theme of Ancient Egypt within our music lessons. Our scientific skills will look at the different states of matter: beginning with solids and liquids and then leading in to learning about gases.
Making mummified tomatoes
Today, we have mummified tomatoes to help us to understand the different processes the Ancient Egyptians used for mummification. First, we cleaned the tomatoes using hand sanitizer as our palm oil or Nile water to thoroughly clean and prepare the tomato. Next we made a small incision to extract the brain through the nose. Then we removed the internal organs and then dried the inside of the body. Using some small jars as 'canopic jars', we placed some of the 'organs' inside. After that, we replicated natron salts with salt and bicarbonate of soda to fill the inside area. We then added some linen as this would be used help to dry out all of the fluids from the body. Our final step was to add 'makeup' to our mummies. We learnt how this was only one stage within the process, as it could take up to 70 days to complete!
Painting our Egyptian inspired masks
Week 1 and 2
We launched our theme by looking at a range of Egyptian artefacts and considering a set of questions we could ask about them; thinking about what they where and their purpose. We created a drawing of an Egyptian death mask, which we will use towards ideas for our own designs.
In science, we sorted into piles of liquids and solids and hunted around the classroom for extra examples. We learnt that these are two of the states of matter and in our computing learning, we began our new unit based on making music, thinking about 'pitch', 'tempo' and 'rhythm'.