On Thursday February 1st, we went on a visit to Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. Excitement was at fever pitch as all the whole school boarded the big yellow bus. On arrival, we were greeted by Maggie and taken inside to store our coats and lunches. Tigers and Panthers classes then headed off for their workshops about Homes and Discovery through different periods of history.
The Tigers Class enjoyed learning about the differences between a Victorian home and our homes today. They were amazed to learn that a Victorian kitchen didn’t have a tumble drier or a fridge and that it would take all day to do the washing! They also learned about household objects from the past and used clues to work out what the object would have been used for. Being able to hold the objects, look closely at them and ask questions helped us to learn a lot about the lives of people in the past. After a quick lunch we had three activities to do, the most popular one being the dressing up. The Victorian costumes were quite tricky to put on with lots of buttons and laces but once dressed up the Tigers really felt like they had been transported back to Victorian Britain. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day which has given us all a great deal to think and talk about since.
The children in Leopards Class had a fascinating time learning about life during the Second World War. They found out about Air Raid Precautions and about the role of the ARP wardens. They learned how to recognise wartime aircraft as “friend or foe” and experienced first-hand what it felt like inside an air raid shelter. They also found out about the important work performed by wartime nurses and hospitals and went on board the bus that was used to transport wartime casualties to hospital. They also had fun practising their bandaging techniques on each other. The final part of their workshop involved a visit to a car sales room and a chance to find out about the way offices operated during World War 2. Things were very different before the age of computers and modern communication! The guide was very impressed with the children’s listening skills and with their good questions and answers.
All the classes had the opportunity to explore the rest of the museum and to experience different aspects of life in the past. The old fashioned sweet shop was a popular destination and the penny arcade had lots of fun games and entertainment.