Year 5 were able to go out on their first trip on Wednesday to Coldharbour Mill. We were welcomed to one of the oldest woollen mills in the UK having been in continuous production since 1797. First, we were shown how the water wheel powered the factories machines. We were able to apply our knowledge of the roles of children in the Victorian era. The factory owners were revolutionary and often acted before legislation came out about working conditions. Next, we experienced the noise of the
machines that weaved and loomed the wool.
In the afternoon, we were able to take part in the process of making our own friendship bracelets by weaving , using a spinning wheel, and working a loom machine by hand. Overall, it was so lovely to be able to get out on a trip where the behaviour was exceptional and we were able to show our understanding of the Victorians. As we were leaving a message was passed on that all 'Your children are a credit to your school', Mrs Gent, Mrs Wiltshire and myself were very proud of everyone.