Year 3 and Year 4 loved visiting the British Museum to take a look at some artefacts from the Kingdom of Benin and learn more about this period of history. We realised that these primary sources can tell us lots about the way the Benin people lived. We noticed that there were lots of powerful models of the Obas (Kings) and strong animals to help represent them. Lots of these objects were made from brass, coral and ivory.
Luckily, we also had time to visit the Ancient Egyptian displays to remind ourselves about what we had learned about last term. We even challenged ourselves to spot some cartouches and hieroglyphs on some of these artefacts. We even saw the actual Rosetta Stone!
The Year 4 children were excited to visit Tate Britain art gallery to see their class photo in a special exhibition. It was amazing to see the photograph that was taken of the class last year when they were in Year 3 up on display for the world to see. It was even more fun to be able to be in an art gallery and be allowed to make lots of noise!
The children then reflected on how their lives had already changed so much since Year 3 and enjoyed comparing all their new ‘favourites’ with their friends. After looking at their photo, the children visited the Turner gallery and spent some time choosing their favourite piece of art, which they then tried to copy. It was lovely to be able to relax in this gallery and look closely at some very impressive paintings.