Year six enjoyed a fantastic day out at the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington. The trip couldn’t have been better designed to support our learning in class. Indeed, when the children got to handle genuine Victorian artefacts, the curator of the museum was very impressed with the children’s historical knowledge. We learned about the families who lived and worked in the cottages on site and then got to tour the houses and workshops which were arranged exactly as they would have been over one hundred and fifty years ago. From chamber-pots to carbolic soap, the children were fascinated. There was just so much to see and do. What’s more, the children got to use circular knitting machines to knit their own scarves which they could keep.
At lunchtime we had a little discussion where the children explained how much they enjoyed using the machinery (for fifteen minutes or so). I said that I’m not sure how well they might have coped with a ten-hour working day. Some of our children even admitted to having their parents make their packed lunch! Never mind carrying buckets of coal and sweeping up under deafening machines.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the trip a success, from parent helpers to museum volunteers, your efforts do not go unnoticed!