Burying the Pharoah

A really fun day, full of facts and finding out, working together to create a finale fit for a Pharaoh!

  • The day starts with all the children and staff together in the Hall where they meet the High Priestess of the Temple of Rameses II, who introduces them to Ancient Egypt and the Nile, the Egyptian belief in the afterlife and the need for tombs.
  • They are given instructions about the items they need to make for the Pharaoh’s tomb – shabti servants with hieroglyph messages, clay scarab beetles, sails for wooden boats – which they will work on during the day in their classrooms with their teachers (materials supplied by The History Van).
  • They weigh hearts to establish whether they have had a good life and practice mummifying people according to how rich they are.
  • They re-enact battle scenes based on traditional battle techniques.
  • Throughout the day the High Priestess takes groups of children (and an adult) to the Hall to develop entertainments about Egyptian people, places, plants & animals.
  • Before lunch the High Priestess gathers all the children and staff back in the Hall to teach Mummification techniques and to announce a terrible event – Tomb Robbers!
  • At the end of the day, the children and staff come together to celebrate the completion of Rameses’ tomb, to watch the children’s entertainments, to place their shabtis and boats in the tomb and to decide on the fate of the Tomb Robbers.

Schools booking for more than 1 class will be provided with teacher-led activities for use when they are not with Kathryn, so that all the children are involved throughout the day.

Prices: £190/£295 for half/full day plus £30 for each extra class plus travel expenses – please enquire to discuss exact costs – thehistoryvan@gmail.com

Egyptian Classroom Topic Boxes

Topic specific books, chosen by you to be used in your classroom throughout your topic. Available to rent or to buy outright, please get in touch to discuss your classroom needs. All books are available to view and purchase here.