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Priory Fields School

Priory FieldsSchool

Term 3

Big Idea

Why do we learn about ancient civilisations? Who were the Ancient Egyptians and how do we know about them? As budding historians, we will travel back in time and develop our knowledge and understanding of how their lives were different to ours and their legacy today. When studying history, we are looking in the mirror at ourselves – looking both backwards and forwards. History helps us understand who we are as a society now, how we got here, and what we learnt along the way. When looking at ancient history, Ancient Egypt has some of the most incredible, compelling, exciting puzzles and mysteries that can be found in studying how humanity began forming civilisations.

We were asked by a historian to use secondary sources to find out about life in Ancient Egyptian times. We were given books, postcards, hieroglyphs, papyrus paintings, maps, artefacts, sculptures and carvings.

Learning Landing

For our learning landing we invited our families and friends to come and see all the learning we have completed this term in topic. We had our Egyptian portraits, canopic jars and mummified tomato’s all on display.

Children's Mental Health Week

For Children’s mental health week, we discussed what mental health is and what we do to help our own mental health. We talked about our days, ways to relax and what who we would talk too if we needed to speak to someone. We then created some posters and PowerPoints on things that help us relax.

“I like to stroke my dog to make me feel relaxed.”

“I play with my friends.”

“I like to go for walks.”

“I like to have 5 minutes to myself.”


In RE this term our key question is “Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?”. In one of our lessons we looked at how would a Christian see Jesus in the 21st century? So, we created stained glass windows for a local church which celebrates the life and teachings of Jesus.  We used bible texts for inspiration, such as “I am the good shepherd” and “I am the light of the world.”

Canopic Jars

Canopic jars are used in the mummification process, when the organs are removed from the body they are put into canopic jars. We made canopic jars out of clay, we pulled the clay to form the jar shape and then followed instructions to make the lid of the jar. The lid has animals such as a falcon head! We then painted them.


For topic we have created presentations about what we have been learning which is the Egyptians.


In yoga this week we worked on deep breathing and paired stretches.


In Yoga we were working on teamwork and paired poses. We had to use our strength and balance to allow our partner to balance on top.


We have been looking at mummification and why Ancient Egyptians mummified people and animals.  We mummified tomatoes and used the same process as if it was a human.

Children's comments:

“We took out all of the organs.”

“We need to make an incision for the organs to come out.”

“The salt will help take the water out of the body.”

“We must wash it to get the germs off.”


In art, we have drawn a self-portrait using charcoal. We looked at ourselves through the mirror and copied it onto the canvas paper. We then made ourselves look like Egyptians.

Topic Maths

In topic maths we are looking statistics, this week we focused on tally charts. We walked around the classroom and asked a question so that we could draw a tally chart.


In topic, we have been learning about hieroglyphics. Hieroglyphics is a writing system that uses pictures and symbols instead of letters and words, we looked at the alphabet and looked at how our names were written.

Topic & English

In our topic we are looking at the Egyptians, specifically at mummification and the process. We are focusing on instructions and how to give clear ones. We were given the challenge of giving instructions to draw a mummy, we had to use imperative verbs and precise language otherwise the instructions didn’t make sense.


This week we were lucky to have yoga. We completed pair poses to help with our co-ordination and team work.