Walmer Class read and wrote instructions to mummify a pharaoh. They then adapted the instructions to mummify a tomato (in the absence of a volunteer to be mummified!). The tomatoes were scraped out, cleaned and filled and covered in a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda (like the ancient Egyptian natron), before being left for two weeks.
Today the tomatoes were unearthed, observations made and the weight checked. These results were compared to the tomatoes at the beginning of the experiment to see what changes had occurred and to try and explain why. This was a practical – and fun – way of learning about an ancient civilisation; how to write instructions and also how to carry out a scientific investigation. What a lot of learning!