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Welcome To Emerald Class Yr 4/5

Term 3 - Pharaohs



Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt.  Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.  Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.  Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts.  Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods!  Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part!  Become an apprentice and work for Ramose; he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House.  Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.  Now open the doorway to Ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find!

Fun Facts

  • Over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt.
  • The punishment for tomb robbery was harsh - thieves were slowly impaled on sharp poles.
  • Each pyramid took around 27 years to build and took the sweat and toil of thousands of workers.
  • Every stone block of a pyramid weighed an average of 2.5 tonnes.  Wow, that's heavy!
  • Pharaoh Khufu's pyramid is made up of 2.3 million blocks of stone.  It is the oldest of the ancient seven wonders of the world and 146 metres high!
  • 'Pyramid' comes from the Greek word 'pyramis', meaning 'wheat cake', as they have a similar shape!
  • The ancient Egyptian word for pyramid was 'mer', which translates as 'beloved'.
  • People only knew what mysterious hieroglyphics meant when the Rosetta Stone was translated in 1822.
  • Pharaohs liked to keep lions as pets, but declawed them to prevent serious scratching!
  • Embalmers would sometimes replace a dead person's eyes with onions.  It's enough to make your eyes water!
  • The Victorians loved holding 'mummy parties', where real mummies were unwrapped in front of astonished guests.  Sausage roll, anyone?
  • Powdered mummy was sometimes used to 'cure' illnesses in Europe before modern medicine thankfully took over.
  • The ancient Egyptians didn't use vowels and punctuation in their writing.  What would Mrs Lloyd say about that?
  • Ancient Egyptians invented many items that we still use today, such as paper, make up, locks and keys, and, believe it or not, toothpaste!
  • Ancient Egyptians believed that the Earth was flat and round like a pancake and that the River Nile flowed through the centre.

Term 3 2019 Home Learning - Due Monday, 11th February

Letter - join

Welcome to our new handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

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