MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum and Shakespeare’s Birthplace

This week, Year 5 visited the MAD (Mechanical Art and Design) Museum, the country’s only permanent venue for mechanical art in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The Museum combines inspirational imagination with clever and witty design – think Wallace and Gromit meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  The experience encouraged the children to experiment with marble runs and was very interactive, giving Year 5 a true sense of cause and effect – if I press the button….what happens next?

It was a great opportunity to see beautifully crafted, moving sculptures made either to have a specific purpose or just for fun.  They encompassed Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Art and Design.

After lunch and a walk around the grounds of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the day continued with a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The tour was filled with facts about Shakespeare’s life, family and upbringing.  The pupils were treated to actors performing extracts from Hamlet, Macbeth and Comedy of Errors.

The children’s inquisitive nature and natural curiosity were excellent and they demonstrated a thirst for knowledge throughout the day.