Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. This half term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification and we’ll use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs.
Help your child prepare for their topic:
It’s amazing that a civilisation from 5000 years ago still influences the way we live today, from mathematics to bowling! Why not try a variety of fruits for dessert that the ancient Egyptians would buy from their local market? You could taste juicy cantaloupes, sweet dates or flavoursome plums. You could also visit your local library to learn about the amazing world of ancient Egypt. Alternatively, use online maps to look at famous Egyptian landmarks and track the course of the Nile.
Mathematics: We will start the year looking at place value, addition and subtraction (up to 4 digits Yr 4). Please practice both written and mental strategies whenever possible. Additionally, practice oral recall of timetables 1-12 throughout the year. This is a big focus this year, particularly with the Year 4’s having a times tables assessment at the end of the year. Below you can find some useful links to help practice at home:
English: We will start by writing non-chronological reports about Egypt. Please complete the research mentioned above to provide your child with additional knowledge. Also, encourage your child to free-write when possible to promote a love of writing.
Each pupil will be given English or Maths homework each week on Wednesday to be completed by the following Monday.
Spellings will be handed out each week to be practiced at home and pupils will be tested every Friday on these.
Reading should be completed daily and signed in the reading journal.
PE: Please make sure your child has a full and named PE kit in school every day and remember to return it to school if your child has attended an after school club.
We used clay to make Egyptian pots, painted them with metallic paint and wrote our names in hieroglyphics.