In January the children visited Jackfield Tile Museum. Here they were able to use knowledge and skills, gained in art, to design and make beautiful sunflower-inspired tiles.
First the children drew their designs onto paper and then used carbon paper to trace these onto the tiles. Next came the difficult bit- choosing the colours. In the pots, all the colours looked muted and drab so it was difficult to imagine what they would change into during firing. The children used the colour charts to choose their favourites and then got on with the painting. Because clay is so porous, the paint soaks in very quickly. This was a surprise to many but soon all the children became proficient at dipping and dabbing.
A few weeks after the visit, the tiles were delivered back to us and how amazing they look!
As part of the trip to the Ironbridge Gorge, the Year 2 children visited Enginuity, Here they had great fun exploring a wide range of science-based activities exploring forces, electricity and materials. One of the favourite activities was bridge building, however, no-one managed to get their bridge to stay up for very long!