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Dunkirk Primary School

Rowan Class Showcase

Take a look at the amazing work Rowan class have been doing. They have worked so hard to create some fantastic work. We are so proud of all the hard work they are doing. Join with us in celebrating their achievements.

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  • Egypt Documentary

    Published 02/12/21, by Rachael Jurkiw

    Rowan class have been working super hard learning all about the Ancient Egyptians! 

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  • Harmonious Hieroglyphics...

    Published 15/09/21, by Alison Kendell

    An Ancient Egyptian topic would not be complete without trying out some Hieroglyphics. We did and we loved it!

    Before we began our cryptic hieroglyphics, we had to make our papyrus paper. To make our paper look more authentic, we began by tearing brown paper into strips.  Next, was the messy stage! (We like messy in year 3!) Each strip was coated in diluted P.V.A glue. We then layered the strips on top of each other using a criss-cross design. Our paper was then set-aside to dry.

    What is papyrus?

    Papyrus is a kind of paper that was used in Ancient Egypt for writing. It was made from a  reed plant which was originally grown in marshy areas around the Nile river. The plant had a variety of uses. The Egyptians also used the papyrus plants to make boats, mattresses, mats, rope, sandals and baskets.

    What is hieroglyphics?

    Although hieroglyphics are Egyptian, the word hieroglyphics is Greek. “Hiero” means “holy” and “glyphics” means “marks” or “writings” — so the word means “holy writings“. The Egyptians believed there was great power in a name. If someone’s name was remembered then he or she would survive in the afterlife. That’s why pharaohs’ names were written in hieroglyphics in their tombs! The Egyptians used hieroglyphs on their temple walls and public monuments.

    Try using the hieroglyphics to see if you can send a message to a friend.

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  • Mummification of A Tomato! Eeek!

    Published 14/09/21, by Alison Kendell

    Our topic this term is the amazing Ancient Egyptians! We started the term by getting messy and gooey mummifying tomatoes. We are looking at how it changes, weekly and recording the results.  The 'control' tomato has not been preserved, so we can use this to compare the differences.

    Did you know?

    By removing the inside 'organs' of the tomato, you are taking away a lot of the moisture that would otherwise allow bacteria to break down the tomato. Natron also helps by quickly drawing away all the water from the tomato and making it harder for bacteria to live. This type of preservation is called mummification!

    What is Natron?

    Historical natron was harvested as a salt mixture from dry lake beds in Ancient Egypt and has been used for thousands of years as cleaning. We made ours by mixing salt and bicarbonate of soda.

    What is preservation?

    Preservation is to look after something to stop it becoming ruined.

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