Taverham Hall School pupils enjoy trip to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum

Year one pupils at Taverham Hall School have visited Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse museum as part of their topic work.

The pupils visited a Victorian cottage, a Victorian shop selling tins of Cadbury's Cocoa and a Victorian school room at the museum, near Dereham.

A walk down to the farm saw the Suffolk Punch horses, piglets, goats and turkeys which was then followed by something the children had all been looking forward to – the washing and the cooking!

One group of pupils went into the farmhouse and made little cottage loaves and the teachers whipped cream to make butter.

While the second group of youngsters were involved in a Victorian wash day, seeing the carbolic soap grated into the water, using the dolly and the washboard to clean clothes and a mangle to squeeze out the water.

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Lindsey Davies, head of Pre-Prep at Taverham Hall, said: 'The visit really brought events in Victorian times to life for the children. They loved using the dolly to do the washing and operating the mangle was the highlight of the visit.

'Everyone agreed though that perhaps a washing machine was better for everyday use!

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'The children had great fun making their own bread rolls and were amazed to see their teachers turning cream into butter.

'The children were fascinated by the Victorian classroom with notices such as 'children should be seen and not heard'.

'One child acted as the pupil teacher and filled the inkwells while the others chanted the alphabet. All agreed that they preferred present day school!'

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