Taverham youngsters have pharaohs fun at Norwich Castle Museum

PUBLISHED: 10:54 15 February 2011

Youngsters from Taverham attend Ancient Egyptian day at Castle Museum

Youngsters from Taverham attend Ancient Egyptian day at Castle Museum


Youngsters from Taverham took a time travelling trip back to the land of the pharaohs thanks to Norwich Castle Museum.

More than 21 pupils from Taverham Hall School joined the Ancient Egyptian day, which saw them handling artefacts, learning about mummies and taking part in an Egyptian ceremonial procession.

The children were greeted at the castle on February 3 by a cast of characters including archaeologist Dr Derry and two ancient Egyptian women.

But the pinnacle of the action-packed event was when pupils got the chance to see a real mummified cat and crocodile.

Ella Fairbairn-Day, aged eight, said: “My favourite bit was taking part in the Tutankhamun procession. We had to dress up and walk through the museum saying ‘Hail Tutankhamun’.”

The historical day was full of educational activities with a special lesson on the Rosetta Stone, as well as fun facts about how many miles of bandages were needed to wrap a mummy.

Ben Read, aged seven, said his favourite part of the day was when he got to handle all the Egyptian items, whilst Claudia Van Poortvliet, aged seven, said she enjoyed making Egyptian necklaces.

The year three teacher of Taverham Hall School, Lydia Wright, said: “It was really good for the children to handle the particular artefacts that they have been learning about in class. They also had fun acting as the Egyptians in the procession.”

Meanwhile, the school is getting set to hold their Bullard music competition on Monday February 14.

The event sees the school split into four houses where they compete against each other to produce the best music ensemble.

Musical numbers set to be performed on the day include renditions of the Lion King theme, YMCA, a song from the Glee television show, Mr Blue Sky and a series of classical pieces.

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