Walk like an Egyptian!

Some of the outfits and activities as part of Cambo First School's Egyptian sleepover. Dance like an Egyptian.
Some of the outfits and activities as part of Cambo First School's Egyptian sleepover. Dance like an Egyptian.

EVERYONE at a village school was walking like an Egyptian as they got dressed up to mark the end of a history project.

This term, pupils at Cambo First School have been working to a Time Team theme to investigate the Romans, Vikings and Ancient Egyptians.

After studying the latter civilisation, they were sent a scroll by Pharaoh Nefertari to build a burial chamber and enjoy a mid-day feed.

They spent two days and one night – a sleepover – to put together the chamber using huge white boards and paints and they also made a sarcophagus and death masks, deciphered messages and wrote messages in hieroglyphs, made Egyptian food and found out about burial and mummifying procedures.

Visitors came in to teach the children Egyptian songs and dances so they could also do a performance for the Pharaoh.

Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “All our pupils and the adults thoroughly enjoyed the event.

“The learning that took place was phenomenal and half of the time they didn’t even realise that they were working.

“We slept in the ‘tomb’ overnight and not one of the pupils (aged between four and nine) cried, asked for mum, or wanted to go home.

“Afterwards, they said they had fun dressing up and doing all of the activities and found it funny that the teachers had funny hair on and wouldn’t answer to their proper names.”