Virtual Classroom Workshop: Ancient Egypt
Virtually introduce your pupils to Leeds City Museum’s Egyptian mummy, Nesyamun. Our virtual classroom workshop gets up close to the mummy and is a chance to spark curiosity and develop enquiry skills for your class. After a question and answer session, we will then delve deeper with a step-by-step mummification story. There’s an opportunity for teachers to add extra sensory elements in the classroom – will pupils dare to touch the feely bags!?
Virtual classrooms are delivered via Zoom Pro or an alternative online live video meeting platform. This workshop is a combination of live streaming and pre-recorded videos.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 2 (we have also developed a version for KS3/4 SEND groups with an element of enrichment/careers focus)
Capacity: 1 class per session
Sessions run: Tuesday and Thursday
Ahead of the workshop we will:
- Organise a test video call
- Send an introduction pack with a few suggested hands-on elements for the teacher to prepare beforehand. These are designed to be simple and readily available.
- Share health & safety and safeguarding plans
- Link to suggested follow-up activities on our website and MyLearning.org
During the virtual classroom workshop we will:
- Introduce ourselves and start thinking about what a mummy is to prepare students for what they will see during the session
- Pre-recorded video: We will take the class on a tour of the mummy area of the Ancient Worlds gallery. We will include some interactive elements and encourage the children to look closely at the sarcophagus and the mummy to help them answer some questions:
- What can we find out together by looking at the evidence in front of us, and from modern science too?
- Who was the mummy?
- How old were they?
- What does this tell us about mummification and the Ancient Egyptians’ beliefs?
- Conduct a questions & answers session to reflect on the tour
- Pre-recorded video: An interactive storytelling session which shows the class how to mummify a doll. This is a chance for volunteers in the classroom to help with the embalming in the story including removing the ‘organs’ from feely bags. Discover the steps of mummification with sensory elements in the classroom, if you are allowing hands-on resources in class at the moment. Children will be encouraged to add sound effects while watching the video. This is a chance for children to use any prior knowledge of mummification and canopic jars.
“Thank you so much for that workshop. The kids loved it – they’re all sitting now doing posters/information about mummification and you could hear a pin drop! They’ve learned so much and they’re really enjoying writing and drawing about it now.” – KS2 teacher
Explore mummification activities
We have a selection of Ancient Egypt inspired activities available to try out in the classroom or at home to continue learning whilst having fun! Visit our mummification activities page to get started.
Please note, school visits to the museum are not currently possible.
To find out more or to book your session please email us at [email protected] and a member of the team will be in touch.