3rd Form visit Ironbridge

02 November 2017

 

The annual 3rd Form trip to Ironbridge took place in October.  This tremendous trip helped to build on the boys’ classroom knowledge about the Victorians and for them to experience what life would have been like in Victorian Britain, especially for a child.

The two-day trip started with the boys visiting Blists Hill, which is a recreated working Victorian town. They had the chance to visit authentic buildings, shops and speak to “real” Victorians about life in the era. The shopkeepers gave the boys a great insight into the weird and wonderful array of products and produce that would have been on sale during the time.  The sweetshop proved to be the most popular!  They also found the candle makers and the bakers, which was a particularly eye-opening experience for them.

Following this, the boys then had the opportunity to experience life in a Victorian school. Unlike Caldicott, the boys sat in rows; it was the norm for children to be “seen and not heard”. The boys had to stand up to answer a question and write with their right hands. Rather than use a book and a pen, they needed to write on slate using a slate pencil and had to make sure their elbows were off the table at all times.  The teachers were incredibly strict and certainly did not feign from showing the boys the cane. Thankfully, they all behaved wonderfully so there was no need for it to be used.

The boys learnt a great deal over the two-day trip and have come back to the classroom with a better understanding of the topic.

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3rd Form Trip to Ironbridge

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