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Schoolchildren step back in time to Victorian era




Pupils from North Wootton Academy were transported back to the Victorian age during a school trip last week.

North Wootton Academy year six pupil Macy handing out books at the Victorian School
North Wootton Academy year six pupil Macy handing out books at the Victorian School

Children from Years 5 and 6 dressed in suitable attire for their visit to Great Cressingham Victorian School.

The site, near Watton, has been operating as a living museum since 1994.

Pupils from North Wootton Academy had the chance to step back in time when they visited the Victorian School at Great Cressingham
Pupils from North Wootton Academy had the chance to step back in time when they visited the Victorian School at Great Cressingham

Lucy Morley, teacher of the children in Juniper class, said: “The kids absolutely loved it. They all came back and pretended it was boring but they got really involved.

“Some of them were a bit scared as it was really authentic and very, very cold considering they are used to central heating.”

Victorian School Headmistress Sally North playing the accordion in the classroom
Victorian School Headmistress Sally North playing the accordion in the classroom

Among the activities were handwriting practice on slates, repeating timetables and traditional Victorian games such as stick and hoop and spinning tops.

In the afternoon, the girls made lavender pouches while the boys sketched.

Miss Fagin at the Victorian School in Great Cressingham inspects work
Miss Fagin at the Victorian School in Great Cressingham inspects work

The trip tied in nicely with what the pupils have been learning about this term.

“We have been learning about the Victorians and Frederick Savage this term so we wanted to teach the children about how different it was in Victorian times,” Mrs Morley said.

The site, near Watton, has been operating as a living museum since 1994
The site, near Watton, has been operating as a living museum since 1994

“It brought school to them in different way and brings the learning to life.”

The school building at Great Cressingham was originally built in 1840.

Pupils from North Wootton Academy had a taste of Victorian school lifestyle
Pupils from North Wootton Academy had a taste of Victorian school lifestyle
Pupils practice their handwriting skills
Pupils practice their handwriting skills


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