Pupils dig deep to learn about an­cient Egypt

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS -

YOUNG­STERS from a Staines school have trav­elled back through time to the era of the an­cient Egyp­tians. Year 3 chil­dren and staff ar­rived at River­bridge Pri­mary School, in Knowle Green, dressed as mum­mies, pharaohs and Egyp­tian queens as part of their drama work­shop. Run by Sur­rey the­atre company The­atre Ex­change, the pupils learnt about the hi­er­ar­chy of so­ci­ety, rit­u­als of Egyp­tian daily life and the power of the Pharoah through re-en­act­ment and role play. Other top­ics cov­ered in­cluded the im­por­tance of the River Nile, the process of mum­mi­fi­ca­tion and the dis­cov­ery of the tomb of Tu­tankhamun. After the work­shop, chil­dren made their own sar­coph­a­gus and mini mummy to go inside, writ­ing a car­touche of their name in hi­ero­glyphs. Jodie Knock, Year 3 teacher, said: “It was a joy to see the chil­dren so en­gaged and en­thu­si­as­tic through­out the day. “They were learn­ing with­out even re­al­is­ing. “Many of the chil­dren com­mented on what a great day they had and didn’t want it to end.”

Terry Hab­good HI147237

River­bridge Pri­mary School chil­dren and staff

dressed up in Egyp­tian cos­tume.

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