Windrush Valley Private School’s Key Stage 2 pupils recently embarked on an exciting adventure to the Black Country Living Museum in Birmingham. This immersive experience allowed our young history detectives to step back in time and explore the lives of 19th-century children, immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes of the Black Country.

One of the highlights of the trip was the opportunity to indulge in Hobbs & Son’s infamous ‘chips,’ a local delicacy that delighted the taste buds of our curious explorers. This hands-on experience provided a unique connection to the past, allowing the children to understand the daily lives and culinary preferences of those who lived in the 19th century.

The journey continued as the pupils ventured underground into a recreated coal mine, gaining insight into how this energy source fuelled the Industrial Revolution. They learned about the gruelling work conditions that miners endured, and the significant impact coal mining had on the development of the Black Country. This immersive experience brought history to life, enabling the students to grasp the significance of the Industrial Revolution and its far-reaching consequences.

The exploration did not end there, as the pupils took to the water to discover the intricate canal network and tunnels that surrounded the area. Some even had the opportunity to experience the unique method of “walking” the boats through the tunnels, gaining a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by those who navigated the canals in the past. This hands-on experience fostered a deep appreciation for the engineering marvels of the time and the vital role that canals played in the region’s industrial growth.

A trip back in time wouldn’t be complete without a school lesson from a strict teacher. The pupils found themselves transported to 1912, experiencing an authentic classroom setting with a disciplinarian at the helm. While the experience provided a fascinating glimpse into the past, we couldn’t help but feel grateful for our own dedicated teachers here at Windrush Valley Private School. Our pupils are fortunate to have a nurturing and supportive learning environment that encourages their growth and development.

The trip to the Black Country Living Museum was a resounding success, offering our Key Stage 2 pupils a hands-on, immersive experience that brought history to life. By engaging their senses and stepping into the shoes of those who came before them, the children gained a deeper understanding of the past and its impact on the present.

Windrush Valley Private School remains committed to providing enriching educational experiences that go beyond the classroom walls. Such excursions foster a love for learning, spark curiosity, and broaden children’s horizons. Through these experiences, our pupils develop a deeper appreciation for history, culture, and the world around them.