Religious Studies: Year 4 Trip to Brighton Museum
On Friday 1 February Year 4 visited Brighton Pavilion. The purpose of the visit was to supplement the children's knowledge of Indian art and culture, currently being studied in Art, History, Geography and Religious Studies lessons.
To this end, the children took part in a workshop examining Indian artefacts at the Brighton Museum (itself housed in the old Pavilion stables).
During the workshop children looked at cooking implements and the process of a Hindu wedding, as well as fabrics and clothing. Some children also modelled saris, turbans and dhotis.
We were also given a tour of the Pavilion, with special emphasis on the Indian influence of the structure and decoration of the building.
The elaborate patterns and decoration were a hit with the children, particularly the extensive use of gold and the palm tree motifs.
The children were also interested to learn about the 12,000 Indian soldiers treated at the Pavilion during the First World War, when it was turned into a hospital.
The day really helped the children to gain a fuller knowledge of their Indian topic. As well, they learnt about the inspired eccentricity and extravagant life of George IV.