Egyptian school visits for education. We provide a living history and reenactment service as historical interpreters focusing on the QCA What can we find out about Ancient Egypt from what has survived topic. As re-enactors, we use storytelling/Egyptian myths, dance, writing using reeds and artefacts such as toys and games, full mummification kit etc. to bring the excitement of real history to your classroom.
Some of the locations we travel to for our Egyptians workshops are:
East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire , Warwickshire, Leamington, Leicester Hinckley Nottingham Coventry , Tamworth, Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Leicester, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Rutland , Northampton, West-Midlands, Coventry, Warwick, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Invite Cleopatra and her priest into your
school and be transported back in time to the
year 31BCE. Cleopatra is the famous Queen
of the Nile and this exciting Egyptian day
promises to add learning and wonder to your
The Egyptian school visit can be booked
for one- four classes for a full day or a half
day. We have worked with a whole small
school before and have enough resources and
activities for all to be busy with Egyptian
sessions all day.
Here is an outline of the typical Egyptian school visit:
The Living Isis (or sometimes her
priest!) introduces herself and
provides a general background
on the time. Every day clothing,
objects and way of life are
discussed as well as Egyptian
Gods and Goddesses. The
introduction usually features the
Creation Myth also.
The Mummy Maker Session
In this session, children will meet our specially
made life-size Mummification dummy. It also
features a ready made 6ft Mummy; a coffin
and all the equipment needed for
mummifying, as well as the opportunity
for children to create their own replica
artefacts from clay.
The priest (or Cleo!) takes the children through
the complicated process of Mummification,
using his recently dead friend for the children
to practise on. The corpse dummy is designed
to allow for children to take out organs for
storage in the appropriate canopic jar etc.
Volunteers are asked variously
to join in with aspects of the
process, wearing various
masks and even to stand in as
a sacrificial bull - all will
become clear. By the end, the
mummy should be ready to
place in its sarcophagus.
This session incorporates
Work along the Nile Session
This session is structured in three
sections and offers an amazing
opportunity to handle many authentic
objects most of which are of museum
quality. In groups, children are asked to
problem-solve, working together to work
out their nationality from clues given and
to trade and barter goods with other
civilised nations from Egyptian times.
Then, they must pause their
ordinary lives, as Egyptian
citizens are asked to help to
build pyramids as part of
their taxes. Using fantastic
kits, sourced internationally,
children either build a
pyramid or take part in a
traditional artistic challenge.
Finally, groups handle a remarkable collection of replica artefacts, discussing each object to learn its use and the work role (or job) that matches it.
This session helps children to understand ordinary working lives of Egyptians and incorporates art/DT skills.
The Egyptian Scribe
Children craft their own papyrus
from strips of paper (to be
provided in school, as well as
glue and black paint, please)
and then leave to dry.
Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing is
explored, with an explanation of
its decoding via the Rosetta
Stone (if teacher-led) and/or its
use in schooling of important
children for official positions in
Children use our (highly
coveted) class set of Egyptian
Hieroglyphic Stencils to learn about hieroglyphs' correspondence to individual letters and write their own name.
Various tools including an authentic Scribe's Writing Set are displayed and children use similar reed pens and paint to draw up an official document of their choosing (ideally on their papyrus if it is dry) - name and address is suggested. This session incorporates art/DT.
Pastimes, games and toys
Egyptian pastimes are discussed and
authentically reproduced toys are shown.
Cleopatra teaches the children some Egyptian
Children will have the opportunity to play with
old Egyptian toys such as whipping tops and to
try some games (with teachers' permissions)
eg. leapfrog and tug of war. We bring a class
set of solid wood Mancalas for children to
challenge each other at "the oldest game in the
world" which has been found by archaeologists carved into the stone of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Egyptian Myths & Storytelling
We always end the day with storytelling as a whole group, ideally fitting in a myth, told traditionally as well as one of our much-appreciated "silly stories" when all can join in together.
We, Greg and Lisa, work fully in role as Egyptians. This means that we use our subject knowledge to respond to questions as Egyptians would do. This historical interpreter's commitment to authenticity is tempered with a teacher's sense of appropriateness though - so we do not swear or use profanities as some reenactors will in school, claiming that this was the way it was! Our focus is on the educational experience for the children and what serves them best, so the sessions are interactive and involve everyone.
Please view our Egyptian replica artefacts
We are experienced in working with
children of a range of ages and abilities.
We understand the need for explorative
learning and incorporate sensory
opportunities. Our Egyptian visit into SEN
schools is less structured and will try to
meet the needs of the children. Please get
in touch to discuss your specific class and
their needs with us. If required, we can
visit in costume but not in role (to
The costs quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists, dependent on your area and other factors (please see our Terms
and Conditions). Full days can be booked up to one hour's drive from
our base. Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both
Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes
drive from our base.
Full Day - (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)
The full day rate is £265.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Reduced Full Day - (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)
The reduced full day rate is £220.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Full Day - Double Rate (Two Specialists)
The full day rate for two Specialists is £320.00 from Autumn 2018 plus mileage (£1.10 per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £170.00 from Autumn 2018 (55p per mile round trip from LE9 9HG)
These rates are held for 2018-19 and there are no hidden costs.
Greg and Lisa McCarthy have many years of experience working with children. Greg is a teacher and Lisa a former Occupational Therapist in learning disabilities. Both have full CRB's and public liability insurance.
Replica resources are meticulously researched and as authentic to the period as possible; many of museum standard. We will bring real animal hide and animal bone objects. We understand if anyone is sensitive to this (Lisa is a vegetarian in real life!) but please be prepared. Our bone replica artefacts really are made of bone - not plastic!
Whilst the day features a real African Gazelle skin, for obvious reasons, the leopard "skin" for the Mummification session is faux fur!