Year 7 Visits Ancient Egypt
Year 7 has really engaged with their HSIE unit of Ancient Egypt, creating artefacts, researching ancient writing systems and so much more.
Term 4, 2021 In Term 3, students in Year 7 HSIE spent time studying Ancient Egypt. The purpose of this unit was to appreciate and learn about the ancient civilization while connecting its historical significance to modern society. Although the majority of the unit was completed remotely during lockdown, 7M and 7W created some amazing work samples from home and in the classroom after lockdown finished. Students engaged in a variety of lessons over the term. One lesson allowed students to “mummify apples.” Students learnt about the ancient Egyptian mummification process, then had an opportunity to apply their understanding in a hands-on task. Year 7 carved a face into an apple, placed the apple into a mixture of baking soda and salt, and let their “mummy” sit in the mixture for a week. After the week was over, the apples were perfectly preserved and “mummified.” In another HSIE lesson, 7M studied 'hieroglyphs'. Students researched the invention of hieroglyphs, usage of the ancient writing system, and the history behind deciphering hieroglyphs using the 'Rosetta Stone'. After researching, students had an opportunity to utilize their new knowledge and wrote their names in hieroglyphs! Year 7 particularly enjoyed the lesson about Ancient Egyptian seasons: Akhet, Peret, and Shemu. This lesson described the significance of each season and students created a colourful calendar wheel displaying the differences between each of the three seasons. The HSIE assessment for Term 3 asked students to choose and recreate an Ancient Egyptian “artefact.” Alongside the artefact creation, students completed extensive research about their topic and composed a 1 page research paper about the history of its invention and it’s significance to society. Some students created canopic jars, pyramids, a sarcophagus, jewellery, ancient weapons and more! Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt and engaging in the historical process during Term 3. Miss Naomi Abascal , Year 7 Core Teacher Student Reflection "I really enjoyed learning about another culture and a different time and place. It is really important to learn history and learn from the past as it is from this study that we can help to make our future better. For my artefact I made a canopic jar used in the mummification process. It was used to hold the organs in a salt preserve. My jar was formed using Hapi, the Nile God, as it's inspiration." Alek "I constructed a mummy as my artefact as I was really intrigued by the mummification process." Jeanne.