Year 6 have been learning about life in the Victorian period and enjoyed some real life experiences during a visit to Beamish.

Our first stop was the Beamish Board School, where our teacher, Mr Hall, kept us all in fine Victorian order. We experienced a traditional lesson of reading, arithmetic, times tables drill and writing with a nib pen and ink well. Luckily, Mr Hall was impressed by our impeccable behaviour and no one faced any of the traditional Victorian punishments.

Following our very strict lesson, we went off to earn a living down the coal mine. We were shocked to find the working conditions down the mine were dark, wet, damp and dangerous and children would have had to work there too!

We thoroughly enjoyed our step back in time and learned a lot about the differences and similarities between the lives of Victorian children and children in 2019.


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