After advising the year 6 children to wrap up warm and prepare for awful weather, the day of their visit to the Black Country Living museum finally arrived on what turned out to be lovely warm February day.
On arrival, the children familiarised themselves with their surroundings before heading to the Dudley Canals, donning their hard hats and boarding longboat ‘George’ to take a trip through the tunnels and into the caverns where they saw the limestone walls, stalactites hanging from the ceilings and videos of the history of the canals. As we returned to dock, the boat was powered by children ‘legging’ the boat along as they ‘walked the walls’ to push us smoothly and swiftly through the water. The children moved onto a spot of Victorian playtime with some skipping, cup and ball games and trundling a hoop.
Finally, the children were sent back in time and the boys in particular were showed the jobs they would have been expected to do from aged 10 in the coal mines. At the end of the tour the children were given the choice of starting work at 6am and working 12 hour days for 6 days a week in the cold dark conditions of the mine after half term or returning to school after the holiday – “school please” was the resounding reply!
The day ended on a brilliant high as staff from the museum as well as a member of the public came and praised the year 6 children and said what wonderful children they were and how they were a credit to the school. What a wonderful ringing endorsement of the children we have at our school!