Topics, Trips & Time Travel.

All change this half term for our Topics in the Infants and Juniors. At St Giles we like to get the children excited about what they will be learning so to introduce the children to their new Topic we left school and went to look and learn first-hand.

The Topic this half term for the Infants is Towers, Turrets and Tunnels. So it was off to the Tower for the children…….. or Conisbrough Castle.

The children were told why the castle was built at Conisbrough, its local significance and how it links with significant national events and individuals throughout its history. They explored the lives of the people who lived and worked in Conisbrough Castle. Pupils enjoyed investigating artefacts from the past, discovering what life was like in a medieval castle. They dressed up in costumes and compared life in the Castle, hundreds of years ago, with today.

But let’s hear first-hand from a Year 1 child and Year 2 child who took photos and will tell us about the trip from their point of view.

The Castle is big and the inside toilet didn’t have a flush so they had to send little boys or girls down it to clean it out.

The rooms were cold Lady Isabel had her own private room.

This is the fireplace in Isabel and Lord Hamelin's room. He was a Knight and he married Lady Isabel.

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We saw a chest that Lady Isabel and Lord Hamelin would had used when they travelled to the Castle.

They had private room and this room had a sink.

They had a chapel and their coat of arms was carved in the ceiling.

These were windows and one was to shoot arrows out of to keep the enemies away.

Some of us were chosen to tell a story. This was the story of when the castle was built and the story of when the King came to visit Lord Hamelin, who was his brother.

We dressed up. Daisy was chosen to write party invitations. Chloe Weeble was a Knight. Lois was a Ladies Maid. Hanna was the cook. Aidan was a Farmer. Harvey was Lord of the Castle and Mrs Angrave was Lady Isabel.

Mrs Whithorn put on the Armour.

We had a packed lunch from school and the sandwiches were good.

We all walked back down to the Bus and came home.

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The Juniors Topic is Local History and where better to learn about this than Cromford!

The children discovered more about Cromford Mills, As ‘Children of the Mills’, there was interactive costumed role-play in which the children were immersed in the role of new workers at the 18th Century mills. Learning about the lives of workers and the impact of the mills, The Industrial Revolution, was Richard Arkwright – hero or villain? And Water Power.

They found the answers to the following questions

What was it like to be a child working in the cotton mills?

What was Sir Richard Arkwright really like?

Why is Cromford Important?

Here is a record of the day by two Year 4 Children. The Photographs were taken by a child in Year 6.

We worked from school through Matlock Bath passed Willersly Castle and to the Mills

Cromford Mill

The first Factory in the world was built in Cromford by Richard Arkwright. Children worked at the Mill and worked 6 days a week.

If you were a maid you would get paid more but you would have to get up at 4 o’clock. Everyone who worked at the Mill would have to get up at 5 o’clock. The maid had to sleep in the same room as the cook.

We dressed up in the clothes the children would have worn. We did different jobs the children would do.

We signed an Indenture to say we would work in the Mill for 7 years.

Sir Richard Arkwright was knighted and then built a church and Willersley Castle but he died before they were finished. His son Richard Arkwright Junior has 11 children and lived in Willersley Castle.

Sir Richard Arkwright wanted children to work instead of adults because they were cheaper and had smaller hands.

Cromford Village

The village had a small market and cattle was slaughtered in the market place and there would be a big pool of blood.

There was a lock up for naughty people but if they did something really bad they would be hung in Derby.

The bear pit had 3 tunnels which led water down to the canal and to the pond. It kept the canal topped up.

Sir Richard Arkwright gave the workers allotments to grow their own food.

Sir Richard Arkwright like his children to be able to read so Richard Arkwright Junior built Cromford School.

North Church Street was built for weavers and the top floor is where they would do their work.

All of the children had a good day out and now have a greater insight into their Topic which will help them in their work over the next half term. Look out for Class 4’s ICT work, webpage, at the end of this half term.

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