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to think this isn't suitable for 5 year olds??

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ginmakesitallok Mon 18-May-15 19:32:48

Have just put dd2 to bed. We were having a chat about her day, what she'd done at school. She got upset and said she didn't want to talk about it, they'd been doing their project. They have been learning about Egypt. Today they were taught about mummies, about how to make mummies. About how the dead bodies were washed, covered in salt to dry them out and how the brains were pulled out with a hook.

Aibu to think that this isn't really age appropriate????

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Mon 18-May-15 19:36:11

When I was at primary school we had a different history subject for each year of school (for instance my whole year 6 was about WW2) I do remember that egypt was VERY early on, and seems to usually be a history subject taught to a lot of young uns.

Depends how they described it, whether it was macabre and scary, or whether they did it in a "horrible histories" kind of way and fun.

ChocolateBiscuitCake Mon 18-May-15 19:36:34

I used to teach this in year 3.

Why is it being taught in reception/year 1. Doubt the children have any sense of the historical time line, where eygpt is etc.


FixItUpChappie Mon 18-May-15 19:36:46

YANBU - odd content for 5 year olds. I would not be pleased personally. That can't possibly be on the Kindergarden/grade one curriculum is it?

ginmakesitallok Mon 18-May-15 19:39:03

I have no problem at all with then teaching about Egypt! I think I do have a problem with them teaching the gory details of mummification!

ginmakesitallok Mon 18-May-15 19:39:41

She's in p1 (Scotland)

Lilliana Mon 18-May-15 19:41:31

I used to teach this to year 3 too. They loved it but yes 5 does seem a bit young for this.

ginmakesitallok Mon 18-May-15 19:42:59

Think I'll mention it to teacher when I see her. They've been taught by someone else for last few days, student teacher I think.

Catsahoy Mon 18-May-15 19:43:12

I'd be very interested to see which CfE outcomes this was covering....

CocktailQueen Mon 18-May-15 19:43:44

At our lower school they do Egypt in Year 3. P1 seems too young to me. Too young to understand lots of things about Egypt, but also too young for gory/scary things like mummification.

Jetgir1 Mon 18-May-15 19:45:41

Ive not heard of it below year 3. My reception kid did the grufallo...

alwaysabattle Mon 18-May-15 19:46:05

it could be that they was just learning about Egypt and one of the other children brought the subject of mummies up and the teacher got dragged into a discussion on it!?! if that's not the case they certainly shouldn't be preparing to teach 5 year old that

PHANTOMnamechanger Mon 18-May-15 19:48:35

mine all did this in Y3/4 too and I'm not sure why they would do it so young.

Marcipex Mon 18-May-15 19:53:11

I agree, too young for the gruesome details. I wonder whose choice that was, so many other topics to choose from.

CalamitouslyWrong Mon 18-May-15 19:58:20

DS2 is 5. He would absolutely love the gruesome details of mummification, especially pulling brains out with a hook.

mummytime Mon 18-May-15 19:59:45

I think your DD is especially sensitive to be upset by the gruesome, most small children of this age love that stuff. Especially as they haven't developed to the stage where they empathise that well.
However I would talk to her teacher, to warn the teacher that your DD is sensitive, and to check that no one was "teasing" her about it.

ginmakesitallok Mon 18-May-15 20:09:44

Mummy time, sorry but I think that's bollocks.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 18-May-15 20:15:24

How in depth is the teacher seriously going to have been with a class of 5 year olds?


Marcipex Mon 18-May-15 20:17:20

I think some 8-10s love that stuff, not 5 year olds.
And some always hate it. I still shudder at the memory of a history book with a picture of Joan of Arc at the stake.

Artandco Mon 18-May-15 20:19:40

My 4 and 5 year olds would love this. We always go into full details about everything as I feel they shouldn't learn half of it. As long as it's age appropriate which I think this is

ArtAttackSucks Mon 18-May-15 20:20:10

I don't know about five, but in year three my ds made those containers that they put the organs in..complete with fake organs!

Feminine Mon 18-May-15 20:20:13

My daughter is in year one. I'm positive some characters in her class would enjoy it.
My son (however) was scared of the gruffalo at five! grin

AppleAndBlackberry Mon 18-May-15 20:25:07

I was reading a book about the Egyptians to my 4 year old the other day, she found it fascinating. My 5 year old also finds that kind of thing very interesting, I wouldn't really be concerned if they talked about it in school in an age appropriate way. I guess pulling a brain out with a hook is a bit gross, but I wouldn't personally say the topic was unsuitable.

BettyCatKitten Mon 18-May-15 20:33:08

My DT's have been fascinated by ancient Egypt since 3 years. We've got lots of books.
However, this was at home, It is a strange topic to cover at that age at school.

NatashaRomanov Mon 18-May-15 20:42:07

My five year old daughter (reception class) chose a book about Mummies from the library.
She thought the brain hook thing was gross, but she was un-fazed. Should I be concerned about that?
Rhetorical question. I'm not. She accepts death as a part of life, and is a funny, kind, loving, little girl.

She has seen documentaries about Ancient Eygpt, and is particularly fascinated by the Pharoh Queens. But obviously the subject of mummies came up, and I wouldn't lie to her about it.

I don't want to her to have any fear about any 'acceptable' (in their time and place) rituals surrounding death.

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