Year 5 at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

Last week, Year 5 went on an exciting outing to one of London’s most beautiful museums, The Victoria and Albert (V&A).

We explored the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, that were recently renovated, to learn about Anglo-Saxon art and culture. First, we took some time to observe the artifacts before sketching them and taking notes using the information provided.

Next, we used our existing knowledge to guess what materials the artifacts were made from. It was difficult at times because we could not touch them: they are priceless objects that are hundreds of years old! Afterwards, we read the information given to find out whether our guess was accurate. Some of the materials we had never heard of before, such as: enamel and ivory.

After lunch, we went back to the galleries but this time we were considering the role of the artifacts in Anglo-Saxon burial! Not to brag, but we’ve become experts on this area of Anglo-Saxon culture- so instead of telling you all about here, why don’t you ask us yourself?

Sketching a tomb cover.

Sketching a tomb cover.

Waiting for the train to South Kensington.

Waiting for the train to South Kensington.

Observing the artefacts.

Observing the artefacts.

One of the priceless artifacts, the Gloucester Candlestick.

One of the priceless artifacts, the Gloucester Candlestick.

From an Anglo-Saxon church.

From an Anglo-Saxon church.