On the 18th of November we went to Big Pit. It was a little bit scary underground but I got used to it. It was exciting to go there but scary as well. We did not see all of it but I think we saw the best. But it was super scary to go underground and to put our lights off. We saw all of the horses beds it must of been scary for the horses in the dark all alone. We saw where all the children was opening the doors and closing them.

In the workshop there was a dress on the table no one tried it on but I did! They had a little version of the coal mine you cud hear little voices and the people out side can pull little rope and when you are in it you can hear  banging as well.We had a pretend mine cart to pull it was hard and that was just a pretend one they would need help them with coal in it! When we went on the bus it was one hour pretty long.To be honest it was colder out side than underground.We smudge coal on our faces to make us look like miners.We read cards and stuff and we even saw a movie about miners and saw a thing what it would for the miners it felt like real life in side it and there was a big drill and a man was guiding us along the way and there was a red lift that pulled us up and down.




On Friday 18th of November 2016 our class went to Big Pit. A lady named Helena she  was the woman who told us about what jobs they  would have. we got to pull a dram that did not have wheels and did not have coal in it so it was very light. If the dram did have coal it would of have been very heavy and hard to pull .We all found cards that a woman named Henrietta Franklin told a reporter what it was like in the mines. It was very interesting to find out what it was like with a job in the mines.

We met a man named Gus he knew the Mines inside out. He worked in the mines. He showed us what it was like when we did not have no light at all. Gus told us about what would happen if there was a leak. So if there was a leak and it hit the wires that sound the bell so if there was a problem tell the rest of the miners. If the gas touched the sparks  touched the cable it could cause a underground explosion. we had to we had to have lights on our helmets so we could see. We learnt about a trappers job they would have to open the doors for the carters who pulled the drams.


Big Pit by Kawthar

In big pit we went to see how Victorian life was. The poor children have to work every day for  16 hours. We went underground and we saw where the horses were working for a long time and their shoes were size 4.  we went to the mine shaft  underground it was slippery wet I didn’t like it and at the end we went another film and it showed us all about Victorian time and he showed us how things work and I didnt like the jobs of Victorian times becose its skery and wet and undergrawend is dark but wen they used to go undergrawend they bring a candle.


Big Pit visit by Jay

Friday 18th November 2016

Today Year 4 went to Big Pit. We went to big pit to learn about the poor children working in the coal mine. The lady who taught us about the poor victorians was called Helena. Helena talked about a girl. the girl’s name was Henrietta Franklin. She was 11 years old. Her job was to draw drams. The law had changed. The new law was that children under 11 years was not aloud to go in the coal mine. It still was not good for henrietta because she was 11 years old. Then only women was not aloud to go into the coal mine.  I was the first child to pull a dram full of fake coal. I had to go on my hands and feet. I had a thick rope around my waist. The rope was atached to a chain. The chain was atached to the dram. The dram was very heavy (thats what I thought). The dram was heavy because it did not have any wheels.  I would not like to do that job.

Then we got in to groups. Helena sorted the groups in to corners. In my group was Blake C, Blake F, Zac and myself. We got a clipboard and pencil. The clipboard had a piece of paper on it. On the piece of paper was some questions. The first thing my group did was pulling the dram. A few people in my group said it was easy. They had to bring it to one end of the wall to the other and back. Then we went to a table with coal on it. The coal was in a plastic box. There was a piece of cardboard on the table as well! The card board had some writing on it. The writing answered some of our questions. We tried to lift the coal. It was very heavy but every person in my group could lift it. Then we took some coal out of the box. We rubbed our fingers against the coal until our fingers were black. Then we rubbed our fingers all over our face. That bit was fun.

Then we went to another activity. We got to answer a few more questions. We went under a small tunell. The tunell had speakers which said a few things about the coal mine. We started to pull drams. We answered which one was the heaviest and which one was the lightesed. The one that was the lightesed was the one with wheels. The one that was the heaviest was the one without wheels. Then we went to a place with plates that had words on them. The place had clothes with black bugs on them. There was a lot of words to read. There was a kettle. It was the kitchen! We had a look around. We saw a green box. There was glass inbetween  the green bits. There was paper in the box. We read what it said on the paper. Then we went back into the room. We sat in our corners. Helena asked as the questions that was on the sheet of paper. Each group got a turn to answer the questions. We  did not answer all of the questions but we answered a couple. I learnt that Henrietta’s job was drawing drams.

We went to eat lunch after that. Then my class went to the coal mine. First we had to put helmets on. Then we had to put a belt aroud our waists. Then I had a light which was put onto our helmets. Then we went into a shaft. When everybody got into the shaft the shaft went down into the coal mine. When we got down a man said to follow me. We got to a point where it was time to talk. I got to be a volenteer. I had to press a button which made a noise. It was a bell. Then we got to a door. We had to turn all our lights of. It was pitch black. Then we turned them on again. We walked until we got to some horse stables. The horses had names like king or shadow. I would not like to work in the coal mine. We got back up to normal ground after the underground tour. Then we went to a place called the mining galliry. We got to watch TV in the mining galliry. After the mining galliry we got some goody bags. Finally we went back to school.


BIG PIT by Alexandra

On Friday the 18 November year 4 went to Big Pit. At first we went to a museum. In the museum me and my friends were in a group. We did loads of different of activities like pulling a dram and we looked at coal. My favourite activity was in a tunnel. Did you know that in the tunnel they made funny sound. After that year 4 had lunch.

Later we went into the coal mine. I had to wear a harness and a lamp and a helmet.  I did not like it because we had to turn our lamps off and it was pitch black. It was scary and I held Mr Forey’s hand. At the end the lift went really fast.

At the end we had a goody bag.









Big Pit adventure by Ffion

On Friday the 18th November year 4 went to Big Pit. We did some things with Helena. I was in a group with Alexandra and Grace. We pulled a cart of coal it was very hard. We touched some coal it was dusty. We went into a tunnel and it had voices in it. My favourite activity was pulling the cart of coal and going into the tunnel that was really fun. It was creepy like a coal mine.

Then after that we went down into the coal mine but first we had to wear a helmet and a belt then we went into the lift and went down 90 meters to get to the coal mine but in the Victorian times it would of been cold damp and dark. Some year 4’s got to open and close the trap doors. If the Victorian parents could not afford a light it would be pitch black they would only see light when the children that pulled the carts full of coal.

I would not of liked to be a trapper or a cart puller it would of been hard and tiring. You had to work long hours a day and it would be very boring if you were a trapper and if your candle went out you where not allowed to light it again.

The man then took us down his name was Gus he used to be a coal miner. We saw the stables that the horses lived in the Victorian times.We all so switched our lights off it was very dark then we switched them on again that showed that in the Victorian times if the children and adults did not have a lamp it would be pitch dark.

They had lunch down in the coal mine they had a metal box for there lunch and a metal cup for there drink they did not have a glass cup because if they dropped it it would smash.




Big Pit By Eva

We went last Friday to Big Pit on the bus we went to learn about the Victorians. And we had to hold the coal in our hands. And it was fun to hold the coal in our hands.

we went to walk in the dark at big pit and it was very fun in the dark and there was lots of logs in the dark and we had helmet on for the dark we had to turn our lights off that was on our helmets  and in the dark there was big doors to open. and there was water coming out of the rails and I was not scared of the dark. and I had lots of fun.

And we had our lunch in big pit be for we went to walk in the dark.

we went in the tunnel and we had look around to see what was it like and you could hear a sound in the dark.