Trip to Abington Park Museum
- Published: Saturday, 18 March 2023 11:06
- Written by Year 4
This week, year 4 had a wonderful time learning more about the Ancient Egyptians on a school trip to Abington Park Museum. Whilst there, the children went to hieroglyphics school to learn about the Ancient Egyptian form of writing using pictures or symbols. The children were amazed to discover that there were around 800 different hieroglyphs in total, that Ancient Egyptian writing has no spaces between the words or punctuation, and that it can be written left to right, right to left or vertically. They then wrote their names in hieroglyphics on papyrus using a reed pen, similar to the materials the Ancient Egyptian scribes would have used.
The children also expanded their knowledge on the funeral rites of the Ancient Egyptians, considering the reasons behind some of the Ancient Egyptian funerary practices. They then became experimental archaeologists, re-enacting the ‘Opening of the Mouth Ceremony’ using drama and replica artefacts at the museum.