KS2 History – Writing about Artefacts

Pupils make creative labels as part of an SS Great Britain study Following a visit to Brunel’s SS Great Britain a Year 6 class continue their investigation of artefacts and people who were connected to them by writing some creative labels.

Local teacher Jacqueline Ferguson partners the education team at the SS Great Britain to create a unit of work called ‘Creative Curator’. The unit is designed to strengthen the link between learning at the museum and work done back in the classroom. The pupils focus on one of the artefacts they photographed in the museum and write creative labels in the form of riddles, acrostic poems and ‘tanka’ poems. An afternoon lesson studying just one artefact calls on their prior knowledge of Victorian life, and the investigation at the SS Great Britain helps deepen their understanding of the period and produces some imaginative literacy.

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