As part of our topic Ancient Egypt, years 5 and 6 have been learning about the scarab beetle. The scarab beetle was an important symbol in Ancient Egypt and it was a popular design for good luck charms, seals and jewelry made from clay or precious gems. Some scarab beetles had inscriptions, like the owners name or a brief message.The rich colours used in the design also had meaning. Red signified the god, Ra. Touches of yellow were used to symbolize the sun and the desert. Blue symbolized the Nile and green was the symbol for growth.
We crerated factfiles on scarab beetles and looked at different designs. We then used these to help us create our own designs. Using clay, we modelled our own scarab beetle. On the base of the beetle, we carved our names in hiroglyphics. Once the clay had dried, we coated the beetles in white acrylic paint and then painted them using bright colours. We hope you like them!