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Year 2 visit Preston Manor

Posted: 2nd March 2016 | Category: Year 2

Year Two had a very exciting day at a stately home called Preston Manor in Brighton. Preston Manor was the home of the very wealthy Stanford family.
The children arrived in school dressed up in Victorian costumes for the day and really looked the part.
When we arrived we met our tour guides for the afternoon,Sheila the housekeeper and Linda the house maid.
We had a short talk in the grand entrance hall and were then led off to the dining room to find out more about life in Victorian times. We then retired to the “with- drawing room”, as it was called in those days, and then up the main staircase to Mrs Stanford’s bedroom, with it’s beautiful four poster bed. The Housekeeper explained how in Victorian times you could unlock the door without getting out of bed using a device known as “night bolt”.
In the servants quarters we looked at house maid’s room which was very bare and functional. Here the children were set a variety of tasks; dusting, polishing, bed making and to the children’s amazement, cleaning the carpet using damp tea leaves!
Having been split into two groups we were marched off to the “boot room”. Here the children had the opportunity to use Victorian artefacts; a washing posser, wash boards, carpet beaters, a very interesting and hands on experience. The children took turns in washing clothes, folding the laundry, beating carpets and polishing boots,Trevor also demonstrated how a “mangle” worked.
Our next stop was the kitchen where once again everyone was set a task. The children prepared stuffed apples which we were then able to roast when we returned to school. We also attempted to make lemonade, Victorian style but to the children’s delight we ended up with a lemonade volcano!
Our tour ended with a question and answer session in the main hall.
It was a wonderful learning experience for the children and covered a wide range of objectives across the curriculum.

Many thanks to Zoe,Kate, Juliet and Michelle for all their help and support and to the children for behaving so beautifully throughout the day.

Emer Murphy

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