Immediately after half term Year 3 pupils enjoyed a fascinating trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to explore Egyptian history, which they are currently studying.
Throughout the day pupils explored a number of ancient Egyptian objects and exhibits. At times they were actually allowed to hold certain artefacts that were thousands of years old, which was a huge privilege. Although some were damaged, the children were able to understand how certain objects were used, for example, a flat piece of copper was thought to be a hand-held mirror and a broken piece of wood, with hieroglyphics on, was possibly from a statue kept in a tomb.
The largest exhibit in the museum was the Shrine of King
Taharqa. This is a magnificent stone tomb that has
detailed carvings on the outside walls. The children helped to unravel the meanings of these pictures, which gave
them an insight into the Egyptians’ beliefs about the afterlife.
One of the day’s highlights was being able to see inside the ancient coffin of a mummified high priest. The meaning
of the ornate hieroglyphs and symbols painted on the case was explained bythe museumguide, which was really
A mummified baby crocodile caused quite a stir amongst the children and helped to further demonstrate, to pupils,
the ancient Egyptians desire to take their favourite possessions with them when they die.
Pupils, Oliver Hill and Matt Treatman-Clarke enthused, “We really loved the trip! We saw an amazing coffin with a
real mummy in it – it was so old, but looked perfect. The coffin lids were beautiful with lots of hieroglyphs on them.”
Teacher,Mrs Woollatt explained, “The Ashmolean provided pupilswith a fascinating glimpse into ancient Egyptian times.They came back to school talkingexcitedly about what they had seenand withlots ofthoughtfulquestionsabout the ancient Egyptians, such as, ‘How did the ancient Egyptians actually get the stones to the top of the pyramids?’ and ‘Why didn’t the Egyptians use letters or write in sentences like us?’ We will be exploring some of the children’s questions further during lessons.”