6 December 2017
Our Year 2 Children Step Back in Time
Our Year 2 children have been studying the Victorian era and as part of their learning, went on a trip to went to Powderham Castle.
Victorian clothes they were soon put to work by the house keeper at the Castle,
scrubbing floors, ironing, polishing boots, polishing the panelled walls and
beating the carpets. It was dusty work indeed!
In the original
Victorian kitchen, the children met the cook, who had them sweeping the floor,
scrubbing the table and helping with food prep by rolling out pastry. And with
flour … comes mess … and so those floors
had to be swept again and that table had to be washed and scrubbed … again!
The children were
fascinated by the old fashioned kitchen utensils and enjoyed watching the cook
make little cakes that they were then able to eat.
Once the children
had cleaned themselves up they had the chance to meet the Earl and Countess of
Devon who live at the Castle with their family. They thanked the children for
their hard work in helping their staff to keep everything ‘spick and span’!
children can read books, and look at illustrations as part of their education
in the classroom, seeing things ‘in real life’ has obvious benefits. Without
the help of a time-machine (!) we will never know exactly what life was like in
different eras, but with local resources such as offered at Powderham Castle,
children can literally take a peek into the past. And so, on the way back to
school the children chattered about how different life really must have been in