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Derby Museum

Year 4 visited Derby Museum as part of our topic 'Does a civilisation need strong foundations?'.  On arrival, we were greeted by a priestess from Ancient Egypt.  She was confused and didn't understand how she had ended up in Derby in the year 2020!  She quizzed us on our knowledge and then invited us to dress in traditional Egyptian clothes.

We split into two groups. 

One group went to meet a real-life mummy.  We saw how the mummification process had affected the skin.  We learnt that the way the mummy was posed gave you a clue about the job they had when they were alive.  A pharaoh was buried with crossed arms, a priest with their hands at their waist, and ordinary people with their arms by their sides.

The other group were given a step-by-step demonstration showing how the organs of the dead were removed.  We were surprised by how much salt was needed and we discovered that the heart was the only organ left inside the deceased person.  

We made our own shabti dolls out of clay.  Ancient Egyptians believed these dolls would acts as their servants in the afterlife.
After lunch, we sketched the preserved animals before working in teams to complete a Roman Archaeology quiz.  We had a great day and we learned lots!

Roman Day

Year 4 went on a trip to Wollaton Hall, and we took part in two workshops.


In one of our workshops we were getting ready for a party.  We had to write invites, plan the menu, visit the bathhouse and get dressed ready for the birthday celebration.


In our other workshop, we heard about how archaeologists help us to learn about the past.  We saw some real Roman artefacts and discussed what they showed us about the everyday life of ordinary Romans.  We then carefully sketched the items in front of us.

Roman Museum

For our final outcome, we set up a museum of our learning.  We were all responsible for a stall and sharing information about a certain topic.


The topics we covered were:

  • Roman wall painting
  • Iceni tribe drawing
  • Inventions: aqueducts and sewers
  • Inventions: newspapers and calendars
  • A Roman shopping list
  • Roman bathhouses
  • The Roman army
  • The life of Boudicca
  • Roman numerals
  • Before and after the Roman invasion


We were visited by our adults and Cherry class.  We really enjoyed sharing our knowledge.