Lower Shell Enjoy Trip to Fitzwilliam Museum
On Tuesday 5th December, Lower Shell visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. During the trip, we learned about the museum and how a vast number of the paintings and artefacts on show had been donated by Fitzwilliam himself around 200 years ago.
We had a guided tour around some of the galleries, pausing to look in detail at specific paintings. We extracted different information from clues in the paintings, making inferences using our prior knowledge or using details in the painting to help us. We also created a poem, using nouns and adjectives, to describe one of the paintings. Later, we explored a different gallery, following paintings which told the story of a Dutch man named ‘Jan’ on his journey over many years and on many different adventures.
One of the highlights of the trip was the visit to the Egyptian artefacts. The children were hugely impressed when they saw sarcophagi, stones, hieroglyphs, weapons and pottery that had survived thousands of years; the learning about Ancient Egypt in History was given a firm context.
No trip to a museum would be complete without a trip to the gift shop! The children enjoyed buying different gifts for themselves or family members and worked out the change they were expecting while they waited in the queue.
The children in Lower Shell thoroughly enjoyed the day. They behaved in an exemplary fashion throughout the trip and represented the College in an excellent way. They were interested in every part of the day, paying attention to talks, reading information on the displays and asking relevant questions. All the members of staff in Lower Shell were extremely proud of each and every one of the children.
The staff in Lower Shell would also like to thank all the parents who gave up their time to accompany us on the trip – without your support, such trips would not be possible.
Richard Hamlyn, Shell Teacher