On Thursday 23 November Year 5 headed north for a unique experience at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Telford. During the Autumn Term, Year 5’s learning journey has been based on ‘The Victorian Legacy’ and so the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a realistic Victorian town was not to be missed!
Following a lengthy journey, the girls arrived in high spirits and head straight into an Intaglio Printing workshop lead by a knowledgeable artist in residence. Using their own Christmas designs the girls enjoyed engraving and then printing Christmas images onto paper with a printing press. There were some fantastic results! “It was difficult but fun and in the end all of the images were amazing!” - Pheobe.
A traditional serving of fish and chips was on offer for lunch and enjoyed by all who had it. The girls changed their money in an authentic-looking Victorian bank and learnt a thing or two about farthings, shillings and pence. As the sun shone down on a brisk November afternoon, Year 5 explored the features of a Victorian high street such as a haberdashery, a pharmacy and a confectioner, which proved very popular! “My favourite part of the day was talking to the carpenter because it was interesting to see how they made beautiful things with their hands!” - Míla.
Some of the girls enjoyed a tour of the ironworks while others visited a printers and a realistic doctor’s surgery. The range of activities was fantastic and girls gained a good insight into what life might have been like in a Victorian Town.
Well done Year 5! Your excellent manners were praised during our visit and a great day was enjoyed by all.
Mr Rushworth and Year 5