Making a shaduf

In our outdoor lesson this week, we were challenged to make a shaduf.

We have been learning about Ancient Egyptians as part of our new creative curriculum topic.


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We found out that a shaduf was used by the Ancient Egyptians to access water from the River Nile to be used for farming and watering crops. 

The shaduf enabled water to be collected from a low point and transferred to a high point on the river bank.

How do you think our attempts compare to the Eqyptians? We had to use lots of skills developed through our outdoor sessions this year.

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We found some good resources in the school grounds.

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We set to work on our designs – some groups made mini versions first as a trial.

We used our lashing skills to create bigger structures – and were able to make a successful shaduf, picking up a bucket of water!

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Some of us added weight to one end to make the bucket easier to lift – a method used by the Egyptians!

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