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☰ In Pursuit of Immortality with Terracotta Warriors

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In Pursuit of Immortality with Terracotta Warriors

Posted on September 28 2018

In Pursuit of Immortality with Terracotta Warriors

Two bright, sunny, consecutive Wednesday mornings found the Key Stage 2 children eagerly boarding coaches in search of knowledge and wisdom, their teachers boarding the same coaches clutching warm cups of coffee seeking educational enlightenment and cultural understanding for the children in their care!

For over 2,000 years, an underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanished empire. This enabled our Key Stage 2 children the opportunity to explore this mysterious world... but not in China... in Liverpool!

The exhibition of China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors at the Liverpool World Museum (the first in Britain) included a number of objects that have never been on show in the UK before, including material from museums and institutes from across Shaanxi Province, excavated over the last 40 years from the Imperial Mausoleum and selected tombs. These spectacular artifacts shed light on the Emperor's pursuit of immortality and show how he prepared for the afterlife, as well as helping us to understand more about everyday life in China more than 2,000 years ago.

Alongside viewing the exhibition, the children took part in workshops. Years 5 & 6 enjoyed ‘Rise of the Warriors’, where the story began at an archaeological excavation site in modern-day China. Whilst the pupils were exploring the site, they accidentally discovered a magical portal that transported them back in time to ancient China. Not only did they find themselves in a strange place with a strange, talking pig but the terrifying First Emperor of China, believing the children held the secret of eternal life, enlisted his powerful terracotta army to hunt them down! The children had to complete a number of challenges in time to escape the Emperor’s warriors’ grasp and find a safe path back home to the modern age. 

Years 3 & 4 took on the role of junior archaeologists in the ‘Togar of Qin,’ learning about what made Emperor Qin’s real ‘terracotta’ army so powerful and effective. Pupils discovered some of the myths about this famous burial site and investigated what treasures Emperor Qin buried in his tomb for the afterlife. They explored some of the innovations the First Emperor introduced, which have endured for more than 2,000 years and are still in use in China today. They handled replica objects such as terracotta warrior figurines, a warrior’s leather armour plate, identification seals, spade money and a selection of grave goods.

China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors is at the Liverpool World Museum until 28th October 2018. With quotes from our children including, ‘Best trip ever!’, ‘I loved it!’ and ‘Greatest trip since Robinwood!’, you may wish to consider a visit whilst you still can.

Click below to see some photographs from our trips.

Year 3 & 4

Year 5 & 6

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