Year three children have been leaning about Egyptian and Hindu traditions, by creating ceramic pieces in art class this term.

The seven to eight year-olds researched and made canopic jars and Diwali diyas to celebrate their studies on ancient Egypt and the recent Festival of Lights.

Class teacher, Mr John Waring, said:  “The children have been able to creatively express what they have learned in humanities lessons in our pottery workshops, with some fantastic results.

“Making something with your own hands that reflects a topic you have studied is always rewarding and the children’s understanding and appreciation of the Egypitian and Hindu cultures is richer for it.”

A new electric kiln has been provided by the Friends of Gad’s Hill and provides more options for craft projects, both in lessons and after-school clubs.

Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife.  They were commonly either carved from limestone or made of pottery.

Diwali symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, and takes place each year between October and November after the conclusion of harvest and to coincide with the new moon.  A Diwali diya is a small lamp that is lit especially at Diwali and is typically made of clay.

An electric kiln is a heating chamber used to transform materials at high temperatures.  Clay, when heated properly, becomes hard enough to form tiles and vessels.  Glazes fired over the clay become permanent decoration.

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