This week it was the turn of Beech Grove’s Years 3 and 4 pupils to show the outcome of the term’s project on Egypt to the rest of the school and, later, to parents.
Work done in class since January included an Egyptian element in almost every aspect of the children’s learning – art, history, science, music, dance, drama and creative writing. With pupils dressed in a spectacular array of appropriate costumes their smoothly-arranged ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’ performance, produced and organised by class teachers Caragh Colegate, Zoe Heywood and Glenn Hampson, was impressive in its range and organisation.
It included a filmed ‘documentary’, the appearance of an Egyptian felucca (with a couple of attendant crocodiles), models of Egyptian houses, a demonstration of Egyptian irrigation from the Nile, a reenactment of mummification, the story of the discovery of the pyramids and a lively musical presentation of the story of Tutankhamun as well as dance and narration. The children’s colourful art work, their models of sarcophagi and Egyptian artefacts and a large image of the Nile’s landscape provided the backdrop for their performance.
Two pupils spoke for all the performers when they said, “We’ve really enjoyed doing this project!” The teachers responsible for organising the term’s work should be gratified by this response and the enthusiasm, understanding and involvement shown by the children in performance.