Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Liverpool World Museum

As part of our Ancient Egypt topic we took the children to World Museum Liverpool.

The day was very busy but we crammed in such a lot. The children had a fabulous time learning all about life in Ancient Egypt and they also had chance to explore other parts of the museum.

We took part in these activities:

Natural History of Ancient Egypt

This was a museum-led presentation and the children really enjoyed learning all about the animals and natural resources in Egypt. 

"It introduces their rich ancient world by looking specifically at habitats, animals, plants and rocks. It uses images and real museum specimens and begins by looking at how Egyptian civilization and life was shaped by the environment of the desert and the River Nile. It then looks at the Egyptians’ relationship to the natural world not only in terms of their gods and myths, but also in terms of their practical use of natural resources, farming, fishing and hunting. Some of the specimens used in the session include snake skin, crocodile skull, peregrine falcon, scorpions, and scarab beetles.
Students then look at some of the plants that were important in the life of the Ancient Egyptians, including wheat, barley, papyrus and flax. The session ends by looking at some of the geological materials used: for example, granite in sarcophagi, limestone in the pyramids, and gold in jewellery."
We tried an Ancient Egypt trail around the vast collection of artefacts from the period.
"Lead your class round the Egypt gallery with our free activity trail leaflet looking at themes such as everyday life, jewellery, writing and mummification."
Finally we watched a theatre show called 'Death on the Nile' which explained to the children the value of historical artefacts and it gave them chance to learn more about mummification.
"An interactive presentation in the Treasure House Theatre - looking at life, death and mummification in ancient Egypt."
All of the museum-led activities were free meaning that the cost of the visit was kept relatively low. The staff at the museum were incredibly friendly and were always helpful.

You can learn more about the education provision at the museum here

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