We turned the school into Shelton Museum for a week as the whole school spent a week focused upon exploring a theme through history. At the end of the week families were invited into school to look around the museum and to be tempted to buy souvenirs from the gift shops. The children, of course, had made all of the souvenirs during the week.
In Class 1 children studied homes through history. They spent time making their own homes from the past in small boxes as well as creating black and white sepia photographs of themselves in frames which they had designed and made.
Class 2 produced some very colourful displays of work as they explored the history of sweets making sweet baskets and sweet trees.
In Class 3, children looked at how hats had changed over time. They made their own hats and had a fashion parade as well as designing and making their own hat stands.
Class 4 thoroughly enjoyed their exploration of the history of trains. The children made their own model steam trains and coal buckets and also worked together to make their own model railway in the classroom.
The history of planes was explored in Class 5; children made their own model aeroplanes from lollipop sticks (complete with clouds), large cardboard aeroplanes and experimented with different designs of aircraft.
In Class 6 the history of sport was explored. Children made individual statues representing different sports and also made and designed their own golf courses and horse jumping courses.
In Class 7 children explored the history of schools making their own individual blackboards and changing their classroom into a Victorian classroom complete with very strict teacher! Children also made an abacus each.
In Nursery children explored how toys had changed and they made a range of toys and brought their own teddy bears to school to participate in a very exciting Teddy Bear Circus.
As well as working with Tan Draig, creative practitioner, all children also visited places of interest to enhance their work including Derby Museum, Derby Railway Station, The Great Central Railway, Derby Airfield, the DH Lawrence Centre in Eastwood, Nottingham, Derby Velodrome and Pride Park Stadium.
The children really enjoyed turning the school into ‘Shelton Museum’ whilst also developing their knowledge and understanding of history and how things change over time.