An Ancient Egyptian teacher sings about the rules of hieroglyphics, which really aren’t as easy as vulture, foot, basket, as his students soon discover!
Song from Series 2 Episode 8.
Settle down class, now you’ve passed
Your grade one pyramid selling.
Yeah, the time has come for me to drum
Some facts into you about spelling.
Oh, it seems to me your ABC
Skills are less than terrific.
So buck up, boys, as we master the joys
Of the lovely hieroglyphics!
Everyone needs their ABC
It’s as simple as… vulture, foot, basket.
You know how to sing doh-ray-me
Easy to spell, it’s… hand, eye-thingy, owl.
Vulture, foot, basket.
Hand, eye-thingy, owl.
You’ll pass with ease and find it’s a breeze
The rules are scientific.
Don’t have to be smart, all you do is start
With simple phoneticglyphics
Next you get two letters, a set
More things called logographic.
Finally third, the form of a word
Everyone needs their flamingo, house, sun,
It’s simple, but some can mean duck, everyone.
You all know how to write your name.
Except for me – Tutanephututakhamen.
Flamingo, house, sun-
Means duck to some.
Let’s leave that one!
If you find it hard, don’t be afraid
To go and ask your mummy for aid.
Now it’s time for a spelling bee
That’s not how you spell bee, see me!
Foot, reed, reed, easy!
Cat, pig, dog, rat, dog, frog
Make your spelling magnific
You can go up and down
Left and right and around
No punctuation in hieroglyphics
A, B, C, D, E, F, G
Just seven hundred characters or so.
Now that’s done,
Let’s have some fun
With numbers, here we go!
Everyone needs their 1, 2, 3
It’s as simple as… eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye
You can all count to ninety-nine;
Easy to write it’s… hoop, hoop, hoop, hoop, hoop, hoop, hoop, hoop, hoop
Eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye
1, 2, 3-
Eye, eye, eye, eye, eye eye
Hoop hoop hoop hoop, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye, eye