On Monday 9 March Year 5 went on a school trip to the Weald and Downland Museum. The weather was mild and there was no rain despite what the forecast had predicted. When we got on the coach, everyone was buzzing with excitement.

Here is an account of the trip by the children:
“My favourite house was the blacksmith’s. There was a big forge at the back, where one of the volunteers placed a bit of steel in the forge and when it came out it was glowing amber. The man then positioned the piece of steel on an anvil and banged it with a hammer. The noise was deafening! You could see the steel bending and getting thinner by the second. He told us he was making a candle holder. Sadly we couldn’t see the finished product but some of us did get the chance to try out our blacksmith skills, and we even saw the Repair Shop building nearby.

After lunch, we went to visit Mr Well’s Tudor house. Mr Wells was extremely rich, so he had a massive house, with a fireplace, servants and a garden full of plants growing such as beetroot, rosemary and parsley. We could see how the walls had been made from wattle and daub.

One of the groups also got to briefly experience a Victorian lesson in the tiny school house, where they were shown Victorian coins and had a go at writing their names on the slates.

We all had a great time at the Weald and Downland museum and enjoyed seeing all the houses through history.”