Both Year 1 classes had a wonderful time visiting the V & A Museum of Childhood. This trip was linked to our current class topic looking at different types of toys. The children have been learning how toys have changed throughout different periods of time.
Year 1 were able to see these changes at first hand at the V & A. Many original toys dating back to Victorian times were on show. The children were asked to identify if it was an old or a new toy by looking at the appearance and the materials that might have been used. We have seen how old toys were traditionally made out of wood. This is very different to the toys that we play with at home.
The trip to the V & A then gave Year 1 the idea to stage a temporary toy museum back at Michael Faraday School. The teaching staff have been able to assemble a wide range of toys for the children to research. We thought that it would be a fantastic idea to put together a Year 1 Toy Museum, and then invite our friends from around the school to come and visit.
The children took responsibility for the complete set up of the museum. Different toys were sorted into relevant exhibits. These included transport toys, cuddly toys and dolls. We asked the children to write a brief exhibit note to explain what is on show.
All of the promotion for the museum was also undertaken by the pupils. Invitation letters were written for class teachers and their pupils. Some very colourful advertising posters are on display around the school.
Year 1 are now looking forward to welcoming the guests to the Michael Faraday Toy Museum. The class members will be acting as museum guides and explaining a little more about the exhibits to our guests.