Because we have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians, we have been mummifying teddies.
The Egyptian people were highly skilled and when the Pharaohs died the bodies would be mummified to help them pass peacefully into the afterlife. First, they would wash the body in oils and water from the river Nile. Next, they used a hook to remove the brain through the nose. After the brain had been removed, they took out some of the internal organs (intestines, lungs, stomach and liver) and covered the body in salt to dry it out. They then left the body for 40 days to remove the moisture. After 40 days had passed, they applied thick layers of make-up to make sure they looked their best in the afterlife. They would then place a scarab beetle onto the heart as they believed that the heart would jump out and tell the Gods lies and secrets. Finally, they would wrap the body in linen bandages and place it into the sarcophagus.
Although our mummification did not take 40 days, it was more difficult than we thought! It was quite a gruesome job and after our initial horror it was a fun job to do.
(Shared class write by Seahorse Class, 3/4A)