We had a super whole school trip to Quarry Bank.
Our Nursery and Reception pupils had fun looking around the Mill and watching a demonstration on weaving. They then sampled the worst children's jobs in history - from being a chimney sweep to cleaning out the looms, they tried it all! After lunch they headed to the playground, fed the ducks, enjoyed an ice cream and finished off in the natural playground! Then it was time to head home and one or two treated themselves to a quick nap on the coach!
Children in Years 1 - 6 had a tour of the Mill with some fantastic National Trust guides who shared their extensive knowledge on Quarry Bank. It was then off to the Apprentice House where the children were met by a 'Victorian maid' who told them all about the diet, conditions and medical treatment that the child apprentices would have experienced in the 19th Century. The children were particularly fascinated by the leeches and what they were used for!
Headteacher Norah Johnson commented "We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful, National Trust owned places to visit in the North West. Our History curriculum has focused on the Victorians so a visit to Quarry Bank with the cotton mill, village, apprentice house and extensive gardens provided the pupils with a real sense of what it was like to be around in the 19th Century."