As part of our topic work on Ancient Egypt, the children in years 3 and 4 have been using their DT skills to design, make and evaluate shadufs.
To lift the water from the canal the ancient Egyptians used a shaduf. A shaduf is a large pole balanced on a crossbeam, a rope and bucket on one end and a heavy counter weight at the other. By pulling the rope it lowered the bucket into the canal. The farmer then raised the bucket of water by pulling down on the weight. He then swung the pole around and emptied the bucket onto the field to irrigate the land. They are still used today!