‘At Home with Shelton’ was a special two weeks during which children learnt about different sorts of home.
All children worked with Tan Draig, creative practitioner, to create a ‘room’ which children assembled themselves in the school hall on our exhibition day. This gave the pupils ownership of their completed room. All classes visited the ‘Home Exhibition’ during the day with a large number of parents and families visiting the rooms at the end of the school day. Many positive comments were received from parents. This work linked with priorities for each year group.
Class 2 made a shape room with bed, bedside cabinet, chair and table whilst Class 3 made a number room complete with bed, fireplace and reclining chair – this links with the priority to increase attainment in Reception in Number and Shape. Both classes had great fun printing the wallpaper for their rooms! It was all very messy!
Class 1 created a weather room with cloud sofa, snowman cupboard and a rain chair whilst in Class 4 the children printed some very colourful wall paper for their superhero room complete with hidden computer, chair and a piano which turned into a super hero car!
To increase children’s knowledge and understanding of other countries Class 5 created a Japanese room with Shoji screens, very realistic sushi, bonsai trees and ikebanas. Class 6 explored Morocco and created a camel couch (with no back because Moroccan couches do not have backs), Moroccan bowls and Moroccan mosaic tiled table and chair. Class 7 learnt about Mexico and made a huge cactus, a shrine with many statues of the Lady of Guadalupe, a chair and a colourful fireplace with chimney!
Many families took up the challenge of making a ‘Chair for a Bear’ at home and the chairs formed a brilliant display in school because they were all so very different shapes and sizes. All children who participated were rewarded with a certificate and Children’s University credits.