This half-term, Year 6’s stepped back in time over a hundred years to the infamous Victorian era during our adventure ‘Welcome to the Workhouse!’
The adventure began with our Hook Day, in which the children arrived to school dressed as children from the Victorian Times, ready to experience what a day at school would have been like for the children all those years ago. Throughout the day, the children had to: sit in formal rows, were not permitted to talk unless an adult instructed them to, follow strict school rules, take part in physical drills and learn important phrases such as: ‘If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well!’.
Across the adventure we focused on the history links to our hometown, Andover, and investigated ‘The Andover Workhouse Scandal’. We analysed and evaluated historical evidence, which included a letter to parliament from an inmate of the Andover Workhouse and explored concepts such as bias and reliability. In other adventures we took weeks to plan, design, create a prototype for and eventually build our own Andover Workhouse dormitories. We used intricate details to perfect our own interpretation of William Morris’s art and in Science we investigated the topic of ‘Light’ and rounded off our adventure by carrying out our own experiment day!
In our English Mini Adventures we practised our fact-finding, organisational and sentence structure skills to create a non-chronological report all about Workhouses so the Andover Museum could send these out to local schools. We were absolutely engrossed by our class read ‘Street Child’ and even had the chance to write our own narratives that told the unknown story of Tip, who was Jim’s best friend during his time in the workhouse.
In our Maths Mini Adventures, we used our knowledge of equivalent fractions to assist Prince Albert in the organising of ‘The Great Exhibition’ as well as using our knowledge of 3D shapes and classification of angles to make a 2-D birds eye view design of our own workhouses.