Y5 visit to Chiltern Open Air Museum

21st November 2017

On Tuesday 21st November, Sycamore Class visited Chiltern Open Air Museum to experience Victorian-themed Christmas workshops. The children were split into groups and were able to explore the wide range of historical buildings that have been lovingly restored to their former glory by the museum staff.

Firstly, the children helped to weigh and mix ingredients needed for making a Victorian Plum Pudding. The children used Victorian equipment such a balance scale and weights in order to weigh the ingredients and they were reminded about the ways in which The British Empire was able to trade with other countries in order to source the necessary ingredients. 

Then, the children listed to an extract from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’. They had to pay a penny to the Toll Master’s wife in order to listen to the very atmospheric and dramatic rendition of the classic story. The children learnt about how life was like living in cottages in Victorian times, including realising that many Victorians needed to use an outdoor privy in order to go to the toilet!

 Lastly, the children all took part in making some Christmas Crafts, including; traditional Victorian Christmas Cards, Table Decorations, Paper Chains, Christmas Tree Decorations and Wreaths out of Salt Dough. The children were reminded about the importance of the saying ‘make do and mend’ which of course became hugely important during the Second World War and long after.

 We all agreed that we had a very informative and enjoyable day and Sycamore Class would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Hancock for driving our school minibus and supervising a group along with all of the other staff on the outing.

There are lots more pictures to look at in the Gallery section of the website.