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Year 4 trip to British Museum

On Monday 19th January, Year 4 visited the British Museum. We have been studying the Ancient Egyptians in class and we were looking forward to seeing the artefacts at the museum.
Firstly, we visited the Sutton Hoo exhibition because we had studied this in Year 3. Sutton Hoo was the place where an Anglo-Saxon burial ship was dug up. It contained lots of artefacts that were buried with an Anglo-Saxon king called Redwald in the seventh century. The artefacts are now on display in the museum and we were very excited to see them. The most well-known object is the Sutton Hoo helmet which was put back together like a jigsaw. Next to it was a copy so we could see what it would have looked like when it was first made.
We then visited the Egyptian sculpture rooms where we did an activity that involved trying to find eight different symbols. Some were easier to find than others. In these rooms we enjoyed the size and beauty of the sculptures. We were pleased to see the statue of Ramesses II which was found by the explorer Belzoni and was something we had studied in class. It was very big and really stood out.
Next was a talk on the afterlife provided by the museum. It was very interesting and made even better by Mr Stacey being chosen to help out on stage. He had to dress up on stage as a scribe. We learnt a lot from the talk especially about mummification and the weighing of the heart ceremony. This ceremony took place when you died and decided whether you were worthy to enter the afterlife or not. The Egyptians believed that if you led a good, honest life then your heart would be light. Your heart was weighed against a feather and if it balanced you could enter the afterlife but if the heart was heavier you would be eaten by Ammit, who was an animal with the head of a crocodile, the front legs and body of a lion, and the back legs of a hippopotamus. Unsurprisingly, Mr Stacey was eaten!
Finally, we visited rooms full of mummies. The highlight was when we saw a sand-dried mummy called Ginger, who was a man who died five thousand years ago. His flesh was preserved by the heat of the sand. He was not a rich man because he did not undergo the normal mummification process but he was surrounded by things he might need in the afterlife.
It was a great day, which helped our understanding of the ancient Egyptians.

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