Upton Junior pupils explore mysteries of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt at Upton

The mysteries of ancient Egypt have been explored by children at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.

Year 4 pupils made the journey of discovery and dressed in colourful home-made robes and garments from the period as they learnt about the ancient civilisation and how it developed.

They tried their hand at creative art and literacy, exploring hieroglyphic writing and papyrus paper, the use of death masks and how pyramids were built.

The special day marked the end of their topic Temples, Tombs and Treasures.

Each class presented an informative short performance about various aspects of their studies, including the importance of the River Nile, Egyptian goddesses and gods, mummification, the Book of the Dead, and Howard Carter discovering the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

More than 150 parents watched the presentation and, to add to the atmosphere, they were offered traditional Egyptian food to taste. This included pitta, hummus, tzatziki, pomegranate seeds, pineapple, peppermint tea, mango, and olives.

The visitors were guided into the main hall by children who wrote their names out in hieroglyphs.

Year group leader Caroline Blunden said: “The children worked tirelessly to create their own fantastic presentations ready to show their parents. There was such a wonderful buzz in the hall. Well done to all involved.”

Head of School Darci Arthur added: “Themed days are a brilliant and effective way to really explore a subject. The outfits that our pupils created with their families were creative, colourful and beautifully detailed.

“Ancient Egypt is a fascinating period of history. The topic work examines the culture and heritage of that important era and it is one of the favourite topics of our Year 4 pupils every year.”