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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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…
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).
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.
You are now going to make your own papyrus paper!
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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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...
If you want to find out more about the clouds, take a look at the Met Office Website...
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