As part of our topic, we have been researching and learning about the process of ‘embalming’ or mummification. In Literacy, we have been planning and writing a set of instructions for this process and so, Miss Rainey thought it would be a good idea if we could test it out!
Following a procedure on the interactive whiteboard, we started by cutting the tomato open to reveal the insides. The Egyptians cut the body open to remove the organs and similarly, we used a spoon to dig out the inners of the tomato. Following this, we rubbed alcoholic hand gel onto the skin of the tomato to prevent moulding just as the Egyptians would have used special spices to protect the skin of the body.
Before proceeding, we decided to weigh our tomatoes and record the weights. Then, we coated our tomatoes in a mixture of table salt and bicarbonate of soda; this is similar to ‘natron’ used by the Egyptians to preserve the body. Finally, we placed our tomatoes into a plastic container to emulate coffins and Miss Rainey placed them in a dark, cold room. Will we have managed to preserve our tomatoes? Will they have increased or decreased in weight? We will have to wait for a few weeks to find out if our predictions are correct...
Tutankhamun Death Masks
King Tutankhamun’s Death Mask was one of the most important objects found in the famous King’s tomb and it was made using semiprecious stones, glass, and gold. These masks presented an idealised portrait of the person and Ancient Egyptians believed that ‘Death Masks’ were thought to have allowed the mummy to pass into the afterlife.
Using a picture of King Tut’s Mask as a stimulus, we created our own version of Death Masks using white face masks, cardboard, hot glue, gold spray paint and acrylic paint to add the finishing touches.
In groups, we worked together to create a PowerPoint presentation based on our topic. Along with Miss Rainey, we decided on the success criteria and quickly set to work. Miss Rainey taught us how to insert ‘action buttons’ and she challenged us to include at least one button within the PowerPoint.
We were given time to rehearse and then we presented our creations to our peers. We used the ‘two stars and one wish’ method to peer assess the PowerPoints. Miss Rainey was very impressed.