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Comparing Ancient Egypt with Ancient Orkney

As it's a bit difficult to visit Ancient Egypt we went to visit ancient sites in Orkney.

We went to Maes Howe first. Maes Howe is a tomb which is 5000 years old - even older than the pyramids!

Then we went to Skara Brae. This is a village which is also 5000 years old. We went in the replica house first to see how people in Ancient Orkney lived.

We went to see the real Skara Brae houses too.

We did some activities in the Skara Brae museum where we found out more about the village and how people lived.

Then we went to visit the Ring of Brodgar. This is a big stone circle. We ran around and counted them all but that was quite tricky as some have fallen over.

Lastly we went to the Standing Stones of Stennes where we tested out the echo!

We had a fantastic day. Thanks to all the people at Historic Scotland who met us on the day, to Ian for driving the bus, the Shapinsay Development Trust for letting us use the bus and the Shapinsay Community Council for helping us with funding the trip and to Louise who came with us on the day.


We made mummies!

Weighing the heart

The Ancient Egyptians believed that when they died they had to travel through the Underworld. Their hearts were weighed against a feather. If your heart was lighter than the feather (because you had been good) then you could get to the land just like Egypt. If you had been bad then your heart was gobbled up.

We weighed our toys to see which were heavier and lighter. Luckily none of them got gobbled up though!


In maths we did an investigation about pattern. We made pyramids using cups and had to work out what the pattern was. We were really good at it!

Then we made the biggest pyramid we could. The big class came to look and were really impressed!

Look at all the pyramids we have made!

Tutankhamun masks!

Don't they look great!

Which rock would be best to build a pyramid?

Today we experimented on 4 different rocks to find out which one would make the best pyramid. We tested them in water and rubbed them with sandpaper to see if they would stand up to the Orkney weather! Most of us thought red sandstone was the best. P2 and P3 recorded their results in a table, well done!



We made our own shadufs. Shadufs were used by the Ancient Egyptians to get water from the Nile.

Flooding the Nile

This week we are learning about farming in Ancient Egypt. We used the sand tray to make the River Nile and made it flood into the canals we built to irrigate the fields!

Pyramids and Pharaohs!

We have been having lots of fun learning about Egyptians! Thank you to Guille for lending us the pyramid and boat!

P1s made their own pyramids too

Ancient Eqypt websites

After Christmas the children have chosen to learn about Ancient Egypt.

Here are some websites about Ancient Egypt.

Discovering Egypt

Ancient Egypt and the land of the Pharaohs

Ancient Egypt (written by children)

Birmingham museum

Make a Mummy

Manchester University site

If you find any other good websites for us to use please let Miss Clements know so a link can be posted here.

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