Year 3 went to The Black Country Living Museum on Wednesday. We were History Detectives, following the lives of four children who lived in the Black Country c1900. The lives of the children were very different, depending on where there father worked and how large their families were. Blue Coat children tried to imagine themselves living in these houses and doing the tasks that Harry, Samuel, Rose and Lillian would do each day.

The School Room was a highlight, with the cane being explained very clearly at the start of the lesson! Times tables were chanted and a sign with ‘Silence is Golden’ was very prominent. We used slate and chalk and were reminded about manners, with girls entering rooms first but boys exiting first, so that they could assist the young ladies down the steps; their help was not always welcomed by our ladies!

There was much to see and do in the village and a surprising amount of fun can be had without toys from the digital age! For example, rolling bike wheels down the street with a stick, visiting the bakery, sweet shop or fun fair, meeting the owner of the chemist with nine and a half fingers and finding out what a guzunder was for.

Well done for asking so many questions and being so well behaved Year 3 – no need for the cane to travel back on the coach!

Mrs Stockton


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