Pupils look back through the ages

22/6/2011'Victorian dress at Goldfield School, Tring.'Nicola Hodge and Charlie Steel, both aged six.
22/6/2011'Victorian dress at Goldfield School, Tring.'Nicola Hodge and Charlie Steel, both aged six.

SCHOOL children enjoyed a trip back through time on a visit to a museum.

Pupils from Goldfield in Tring had a day out at Milton Keynes Museum onThursday.

22/6/2011'Victorian dress at Goldfield School, Tring.

22/6/2011'Victorian dress at Goldfield School, Tring.

Year 1 teacher Alison Preece said: “It is so valuable to them. That experience brings it to life.

“You can show them things in class in books and on the internet, but when they go there it is like going back in time because the rooms are exactly like they would have been.”

The trip marks the end of the children’s year of learning, which has taken them through themes like toys, homes and the seaside.

Miss Preece said: “It is linked to our history curriculum and we do a visit every year with the year ones.

A10 WEEK 23'MCBH'rd'African Drumming rehearsal at Goldfield school Vicki  from Iroko Teaching the African dancing

A10 WEEK 23'MCBH'rd'African Drumming rehearsal at Goldfield school Vicki from Iroko Teaching the African dancing

“We have been looking at Victorians so we go there because there is a Victorian farmhouse, workers’ cottages, a school room, a laundry room and a kitchen.

Miss Preece was impressed with pupils’ reactions to the museum.

“They absolutely loved it,” she said. “They listened really well and could answer questions and could remember a lot they have learn in the classroom and some of the artefacts we have already seen.”

The children turned up for the day in Victorian costumes like maids and rich people.

“They looked absolutely fantastic,” said Miss Preece.

The school also held its One World Day last Friday with visiting theatre company Iroko.

Year 2 students created a dance at workshops which taught them drumming and African dance, before performing to parents.

Teacher Anna Nolan said: “They did brilliantly. The parents thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very good feedback and the children absolutely loved it.

“It is very important in an area like Tring where there may not be the kind of diversity of ethnic backgrounds that there may be in other parts of the country. It is even more important our children are aware of different cultures.”