Mills and Music

Class 3 have had a fantastic week! They kicked it off with a bang, with their school trip on Monday.

The children all did an amazing job with the 45 minute walk to Cromford, over the fields and past Willersley Castle, seeing the sights along the way. We missed out on all the rain and it just started to spit as we arrived at the Mill. We were met by Mr Frost who was a Foreman at the Mill.

The children were very excited to get dressed up in traditional clothing from the time, and then they met Ginny: a worker at the Mill, and Mr Clack, the Mill Manager. They learnt the traditional ways in which the cotton was prepared and made into a suitable material for clothing. Some of them used the traditional spinners to try and create the longest thread.

After lunch, we kitted ourselves up for the rain and went on a walking tour of Cromford. This village, which we think we know so well, holds a wealth of history.

We walked past the Greyhound Inn, which was frequented by the wealthy and nobles in the area; the ordinary man would take a drink at the Ship Inn.

Then we walked to North Street to Cromford Primary school (although it was not there at the time) to see the cottages built by Arkwright for the workers at the mill, and the Lock Up! It would have been rather scary staying there!

The children did so well in the rain; they did not complain once and showed impeccable manners whilst out representing the school! What a great day!

On Thursday morning, the children boarded a coach with the children from Cromford School to play alongside the world famous Halle Orchestra. In addition to the children from Mrs Foster's schools and the orchestra, there were nearly 3ooo children who had come to play their instruments.

As well as performing alongside the orchestra, the children listened to them play, which for some was an emotional experience. There is nothing like listening to live music played by some of the best musicians in the world.

As with the trip to Cromford on Monday, the children conducted themselves impeccably and we were very proud of them.

Finally, the week was rounded off with a ukulele concert led by Paul, who has done an amazing job of teaching them this year. They played a selection of songs and tunes from the year, as well as some of the music they played at the Halle.

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