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Week 6

Hello Frogs!  

If this had been a normal term, then you would be starting your half term holiday this week.  So, whilst you still have some activities to do, I have tried to make them a little bit different this week.  I hope you enjoy them and I can’t wait to see the photos that you email in to us!

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Read this...

All was silent in the forest. Not a breath of wind could be felt or heard.
A blanket of crisp, crimson leaves lay on the forest floor, and a faint earthy smell wafted through the tall, bare-branched trees. The serenity of the scene was gradually broken as the empty boots began to come to life. The soft, brown leather seemed to flex, as if something had slipped inside them. The leaves rustled and crunched beneath them, as one of the boots miraculously took a step forward…

  • What do you think is happening with the boots?
  • How did the boots get there in the first place?
  • What will happen next, now that the boots have started moving?

Use your imagination to continue the story… or write one of your own from scratch!
Why don’t you create your own mini story book and then add illustrations to it?  (Follow the instructions below to make your own mini story book).

I can't wait to see how you tackle this question... remember to send in what you do, so I can add it to our amazing gallery of work!  (

Topic - History - Ancient Egyptians

The Many Uses of Papyrus

Papyrus was a weed that grew wildly along the banks of the Nile River. It grew about 10 feet high. It was used to make everything! The ancient Egyptians used papyrus to make paper, baskets, sandals, mats, rope, blankets, tables, chairs, mattresses, medicine, perfume, food, and clothes. Truly, papyrus was an important "gift of the Nile".  They even tried to make boats out of papyrus, but that did not work very well. Papyrus absorbs water. Boats made of papyrus would become waterlogged and sink. Using papyrus to make boats might not have worked, but making paper out of papyrus worked very well.

The ancient Egyptians soaked papyrus to soften it, and then mashed it. They pushed the mashed papyrus together into sheets, and let the sheets dry. Then they cut the dried papyrus sheets into strips. They piled several strips on top of each other to make a thick paper. They beat the stack with a hammer to mash the strips together. Then, they placed a weight on top of each stack. That made the paper thin and sturdy. The final step was to dry to stack. That's how they made paper.  

The ancient Egyptians used papyrus to make books. But they were not books like our. Ancient Egyptian books were made from long strips of papyrus paper. The end of a strip was pasted to another strip, to form a long and thin continuous writing surface. Sometimes both ends were fastened to a stick of wood, or if you were very rich, a thin stick of ivory. Most papyrus books were only a few feet long. But some were very long, over 150 feet long! But still, it was paper made of papyrus. That meant that even thought it had been beaten to a pulp, twice, and dried, twice, it would still absorb water.

To make sure what they wrote down was protected, the ancient Egyptians only wrote on one side of a sheet (thin strip) of paper. When the paper was full of writing, they rolled the paper into a cylinder with the writing inside, and left a hole down the middle. That way, if the paper picked up any moisture, it could dry more easily.

You are now going to make your own papyrus paper!


To Make "Papyrus", you will need:

  • a sheet of white or linen colored paper
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 large sheets of wax paper or aluminum/silver foil
  • a rolling pin, large bowl, scissors



Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4
Step 5
Step 6
Step 7
Step 8
Step 9
Step 10
Step 11
  • Step 1 and Step 2: First, cut the sheet of paper into twenty-four strips, about 1.5cm wide.
  • Step 3: Lay 12 strips next two each other as close to each other as possible.  Secure the top of the strips to the work surface with a piece of tape (optional).
  • Step 4 and Step 5: Weave the remaining 12 pieces through the original 12.  Real papyrus does not have this "weaving".  But instead, just has horizontal strips placed on top of vertical ones.  However, since you are working with paper, weaving it makes it more secure.  
  • Step 6: Real papyrus is held together by the sugar of the papyrus reeds.  When pressed, the sugar acts as a glue.  To mimic this, mix together the 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Step 7: Cut the tape off of the weaving to release it from the work surface.
  • Step 8: Place the weaving into the water/sugar mix.  Leave for several hours so that the paper can absorb a significant amount of the sugar water.  Remove weaving and transfer to wax paper.  (It is easier to remove the weaving from the water if most...not all...the water is drained out of the bowl first.)
  • Step 9: Sandwich the weaving between two sheets of wax paper.  Press out the excess water and flatten the weaving together with a rolling pin (Or large, smooth stone...if you really want to be authentic).
  • Step 10: Allow the weaving to dry over night.
  • Step 11: Remove from the wax paper and cut off excess strips from the sides.

And there you have it!  A modern day version of papyrus.


Now you've made your paper, can you carefully decorate it with hieroglyphics or other Ancient Egyptian artwork?

We learned that the Ancient Egyptians, when people died, used the process of mummification to prepare the body for the Afterlife.  We even had a Workshop, where we began to mummify an orange.

Follow the steps in the Powerpoint below, to see if you can mummify a tomato.  Make sure you take photos of what you do… and of what eventually happens to the tomato!

Don't forget to send in photos of your experiment - and then, in a couple of weeks time, photos of what happened to the tomato!

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Outdoor Learning

Look up into the sky at the clouds... What can you see when you look at the clouds?  



Find a comfy spot, sit or lie down to get a good view of the sky, and see what you can see in the clouds.  What shapes and stories can you see moving in the sky?


So now, you can get creative...

  • Tell a story to someone in your family based on the pictures in the clouds
  • Write or draw about your favourite cloud picture
  • Take a photo of a pretty sky to share with your friends

If you want to find out more about the clouds, take a look at the Met Office Website... 

Finally, don’t forget to check out these other pages on the website:
  • Video Resource Centre – lots of fun things to look at and listen to, including the story of “Andie’s Moon”, which I am reading to you, a chapter at a time
  • Music Activities for Families – there are lots of singing activities on this page.
    • Join in with a virtual singing assembly
    • Sing along to a variety of songs that you know
    • Take part in Young Voices at Home – Sing “Power in Me” with children across the world, on 2nd June

Hope to see lots of work coming in from you all…