Watermore Primary School

Frampton Cotterell, Bristol


Year 3 Jay

Welcome to our class page, with Mrs Collett and Mrs MacSorley



Autumn Term 2019

Mummy Madness - Ancient Egyptians



DT Day - Designing, Building and Testing River Nile Boats

We spent our creative day learning about different boats which were used by the Ancient Egyptians before designing our own. We used natural resources such as wool, straw and paper straws to construct and strengthen the frame and some chose to add sails or canopies which were evident in later designs.


Fun Facts about Egyptian Boats:

The first papyrus boats are estimated to have been made around 4000 BC.
The Egyptians developed many types of boats. Some were specialised for fishing and traveling, while others were designed for carrying cargo or going to war.
Temples and palaces were often connected to the Nile River using man-made canals.
The Pharaoh used a magnificent boat covered with gold and intricate carvings.
The Egyptian sun god was said to travel across the sky on a boat during the day and across the Underworld on a boat at night.



We discussed and adapted our designs to improve the boat’s stability for the ultimate test - would the boats float in water and would they hold a weighted load? We had a great time testing our designs and were pleased they survived the water challenge!