To support their learning on Ancient Egypt, Years 3 and 4 paid a visit to the British Museum earlier this year. We began our visit looking at the large-scale sculpture that was an important feature of the great temples and tombs of ancient Egypt. The girls were impressed by the sarcophaguses and by an imposing stone bust of the great pharaoh Ramesses II which presides over the room. The world-famous Rosetta Stone, with its inscribed scripts, demonstrates how hieroglyphics were deciphered for the first time.
The girls had been learning how and where the ancient Egyptians lived, what was important to their daily lives and how mummies were made. As part of this they had been investigating artefacts, so our visit to the museum provided us with an excellent opportunity to explore how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
We climbed the impressive stairs in the middle of the building to find the Egyptian galleries. Here the girls sought out examples of daily life, Egyptian Pharaohs and the different burial practices. Death and the afterlife held particular significance and meaning for the ancient Egyptians. Complex funeral preparations and rites were thought to be needed to ensure the transition of the individual from earthly existence to immortality and the girls found the details of this particularly fascinating.
The objects on view, including coffins, mummies, funerary masks, portraits and other items designed to be buried with the deceased, brought to life the work we had been doing in the classroom. They were amazed to see such things as the wrapped bodies of the mummies and the wonderfully decorated Coptic jars.
A trip home on public transport completed an enjoyable and worthwhile trip.