Year 5 visited the impressive Ashmolean Museum’s Islamic Artefacts Gallery to enhance their History and Art learning. The morning was spent completing observational drawings, which will be developed in forthcoming Art lessons.
The children noted the provenance of their pieces and commented on the materials, patterns and colours used and explained the reasons for their choices. In the afternoon, they were fully engaged in educational workshops: handling and identifying a selection of artefacts; studying a huge, illuminated map of the Islamic Empire (AD900) and using coloured foam tiles to recreate tessellated mosaics.
Everyone enjoyed the trip: ‘I loved the calligraphy,’ ‘The drawing of the artefacts was the best’ and ‘The map was massive!’ were just a few of the comments. The children will have plenty of opportunity to showcase their learning as they complete their fascinating History and Art topic.