It seemed like a simple idea when Gavin (the class teacher) and I discussed it. Produce a class museum to pull together the elements of the TSI project. What I don’t think either of us realised was how much work it would take, but also how deeply the children would get into it and how much they would have learnt from the whole project…
Last week, the year 6s became curators of their own museum – collecting objects which were meaningful to them.
During the course of one day, they wrote complex labels which included facts and opinions about their object (all written in complex, formal and technical language) along with a simpler version for their younger colleagues, and then organised the display of their objects and labels in the school hall. At the same time, the year 5s were organising their own gallery of the Museum of Me in their classroom.
During the afternoon, the children from both classes acted as guides to the museum, firstly for classes from Nursery to Year 4, and then for parents and a special visitor from Manchester Museum, who I know has written his own impressions…
The Museum of Me blew me away with the quality of thought that went into the labelling, the display and their explanations to visitors.
There’s a bit more of the project to come, but I can honestly say it’s been an honour to be involved with this project. We’ve all been learning along the way and it will take me a while to pull out everything I’ve gained from it.
Related Learning Team posts:
- TSI: Time Scene Investigation
- TSI: Time Scene Investigation (Part 2)
- TSI Part 3 (or this is where things *really* took off!)
- Helena’s visit to the Museum of Me
- My visit to the Museum of Me
- Learning & Lindow Man