Wow, what a fantastic first term we have had in Class 5 as we entered the dragon for the terms history topic. First we became historians, and were visited by Weston Museum who bought in lots of interesting and slightly curious items for us to look at and handle. We measured and drew, studied and discussed what the items could be. Then we were given labels which we used to help us understand, some of our inferences were correct and some were not but that is ok because mistakes show us we are trying. We learnt how to prepare a class museum and were given lots of interesting and exciting ideas about how we could lay it out.
After the visit we organised ourselves into groups to begin preparation for our class museum. The groups were as follows: PR department, Oracle and Fortune Tellers, The Great China Wall, Shang Dynasty History, The Terracotta Army, Chinese Calligraphy and Ancient Chinese inventions.
In literacy we write our own Voyage and Return stories based on The Firework Makers Daughter by Phillip Pullman, created our own Chinese poems based on the Ancient Chinese poem Thoughts in the Silent Night by Li Bai.
In Art we made glazed pottery tiles in the style of those which would of being seen in the palaces of the Ancient Chinese Emperors, designed covers for our stories and created flower and bird designs along with calligraphy to illustrate our poems.
The museum ran over two days and was a great success, thank you to all the parents, children and teachers who visited and helped to bring the museum to life. Here are a few of the comments; ‘Amazing, shone like stars, well done!’, ‘Very informative and interesting.’, ‘You have worked extremely hard and I have learnt loads.’