Last week Year 9 pupils became museum curators and welcomed inquisitive girls from the Junior School to visit their immensely informative exhibitions.
Pupils were tasked with exploring a part of history that is not covered in the National Curriculum and were given free rein to discover as much as possible about their chosen topic. College and Year 7 girls were on hand to ensure each required element was met, these were; an information board, an activity and the ability to talk through their findings with the younger girls.
The completed museum featured an array of interactive pieces on several historical themes, ranging from the Aztecs, to the roaring 20’s, space travel, the Renaissance, the Salem Witch Trials and more. With such a diverse range of topics on display, it was interesting to note the inspiration behind their choosing.
“I decided to do this topic because it is interesting and it made me think about since people have done this a long time ago, people would have been completely shocked by it, but I think now that people could get even further in the solar system.”
“It is a topic that I didn’t know much about before, but I found it really interesting, there is so much to it and it is not limited at all, there is an infinite amount to learn.” – Betsy
“I decided to pick the renaissance period because I feel like it is only really known about the Mona Lisa. I looked at other subjects too and I recreated the Mona Lisa and looked at some facts about Leonardo Da Vinci who painted it. I also looked at ‘The Last Supper, which was recreated again by Leonardo Da Vinci. There is also the story of Fabel, which is when God made languages. I created jigsaws to represent this, but they are rather difficult. I also investigated some inventions of the time period, such as the printing press, telescope, musket and pendulum.” – Isla
“I created a flapper named called Polly and she was a famous silent movie actress. Flappers were girls who liked the unconventional. I talked about post World War 1 and how women wanted to keep their jobs as they got money from them. Coco Chanel was a successful woman in that time and her brand became popular in 1923. Women wore dresses up to their ankles and sometimes up to their knees because it meant they could dance freely; they could do the tango and the Charlston. I’m a person who likes lots of fashion and the olden days. Women had their rights back in 1923 and they could stop wearing corsets and things like that, so I chose this year to focus on.” – Parmalee
The Junior School children had great time walking through the museum and taking part in the activities. A giant cardboard flapper girl created by Parmalee kept the girls entertained whilst they waited patiently to hear about each stand. Other interactive elements included Aztec cats and ladders, a blindfold game, jigsaw puzzles and digital quizzes on the iPads.