Potteries Museum visit

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery

Year 3, Year 3/4 and Year 4
On 13th March, these three year groups went to visit to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery as part of their topic on ‘Who invaded Britain?’
We had a great day and learned a lot about the Romans, pottery industry and even got to see the Staffordshire Hoard from Anglo-Saxon times!

The children spent half of the day having a tour of the Museum where we looked at artifacts from Roman times, made some Staffordshire Hoard brass rubbings and saw the fabulous spitfire built by Reginald Mitchell a “fellow Stokie!”

The other half of the day was spent in a workshop learning about a Roman facepot, we learnt that the Romans used pots in their homes for food preparation and storage and often even as containers for the human remains in burials. The Romans sometimes put an image of a face on the side of the pot. The face pot was used in burials to accompany the dead or as containers for their cremated bones. The face may represent gods who were able to ward off evil spirits. We then got the opportunity to make our own facepots out of clay, which was a little tricky but very messy and enjoyable.