During this term we have been very busy.
In class 4, the children have been learning about 'The Victorians'. The children have carried out research into all aspects of Victorian life and have then created their own museum to share all of their knowledge with the younger children. When the children came, a fantastic time was had by all. The younger children really enjoyed their learning and the older children took their roles very seriously. There were games, dressing up, artefact exploration, education system and punishments, not to mention the traditions of a Victorian Christmas.
On Tuesday 11th December, class 4 visited Braintree museum for a Victorian experience. The children encountered a school mistress who taught the three 'R's. The children experienced pounds, shilling and pence (£,s,d) and explored Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol'. We were shown punishments that would have been used in a Victorian school room including the dunce hat, back board (for not slouching), the finger trap (to stop fidgeting) and the cane.
After the school room, the children handled artefacts from the Victorian era and had to guess their function.
The children made Victorian crackers (known as 'cosaques') and thaumatropes (where two pictures are spun and look combined).
A great day was had by all!