Mummifying tomatoes!

In history, Year 4 learned about the mummification process which was used in ancient Egypt. Year 4 demonstrated their understanding of mummification by following the same process used by the ancient Egyptians to mummify a tomato.

First, the children cut a slit into the tomato and used a spoon to scoop out the innards! They placed them in cups but the ancient Egyptians would have used canopic jars. Next, the children cleansed the tomato. After that, the children filled the inside of the tomato with salt and bicarbonate of soda (the Egyptians used natrum) in order to preserve it.

The children then wrapped the body in toilet roll strips (instead of linen) to make the tomato resemble the mummies we recognise today! Finally, the children created their own own sarcophagus, adorned in hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian motifs, to help send their tomato mummy safe on their journey to the afterlife!