Year 5 visited Scaplen’s Court in Poole, which is a Victorian experience museum for children who are learning about Victorians.
We travelled by coach in Victorian costume. When we arrived at Scaplen’s Court, we walked up to a big door and knocked on it. Mrs Jelly, in Victorian character, opened the door and shouted at us to stand up straight and behave!
We were taken inside where Mrs Jelly removed her hat and explained that she would only be a strict Victorian when she had her hat on – otherwise she was a nice lady!
We did lots of activities there, including cooking. We were put into groups to make pancakes, bread, scones or soup. We used Victorian equipment which made it harder to cook and made Victorian people’s lives really hard and difficult. The pancakes were lumpy for a while and we had to work really hard to get the lumps out. The bread was very crusty and quite tough to eat. We enjoyed cooking in the Victorian kitchen.
We visited a Victorian playroom which had Victorian toys for us to play with. There were rocking horses, dolls and Victorian style pushchairs.
We enjoyed Miss Heightley being a strict Victorian teacher!
We found the visit a useful experience to learn about Victorian life.
Here are some photos of our visit to Scaplen’s Court (click on the images to enlarge):
We invited our parents and carers to our school to see our Victorian work including our project and a performance of a Victorian school scene. We hope they enjoyed it! Here are some photos of our performance (click on the images to enlarge):
By Millie D and Albie (5T)