A Victorian lesson at St Fagans – Years 3 and 4


Years 3 and 4 went to St Fagans for a Victorian school lesson. We were taught by Mr Evans who made us do handwriting, history, reading and recite our times tables. We all had to write with our right hand, even the children who normally use their left hand! We were surprised how different our lessons are to the Victorian lessons and we really felt like Victorian children.

Take a look at our Victorian lesson in the slideshow below:

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As part of the history lesson we had to recite a poem about the kings and queens of Britain. We tried really hard to speak clearly and recite it correctly:

 

Here is Nivas’ recount of our trip to the Victorian school:

On Friday we went to a Victorian school at St Fagans. We learned what Victorian schools were like. On the trip we went inside the building and if you talk or behave badly you will be caned. In the playground boys play on one side and girls the other side. In Victorian schools you must write with your right hand and if you speak Welsh you will wear a necklace and your job is to catch another person who speak Welsh and if you do you tell the teacher and they have to wear it and at the end of the class whoever has the necklace will be caned.

When we entered the room we were dressed as a Victorian school child. Victorian school children learnt handwriting, maths and reading poems and history. When a grownups enters the room all the children must stand and if you don’t you will be caned. If you write with your left you will get something to stop you writing with your left hand.

For lunch you will go home and when the teacher rings the bell that means you have ten minutes to get ready to come back to school and if your late you will get caned.The boys learned drawing and girls learned sewing and cooking. In Victorian schools you have to be five to start and 13 to end school. The bigger children sat at bigger desks and tiny children sat in tiny desks. Victorian teachers were very strict. We had to learn handwriting and you must not fidget or talk. Sometimes if you were very naughty and you would have to write lines 100 times or more. I thought it was very bad and I would not like to be a Victorian.

 

 

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Year 4 visit Big Pit

We had a great time visiting Big Pit recently. We completed a workshop called ‘Servants of the Empire’ to learn more about the jobs children might have done in a coal mine during the Victorian times. We then had an underground tour of the mines so we could really experience what it would be like working down there.

Aisha tells us more:

We went to the ‘Servants of the Empire’ workshop in the coal mine. We were practising pulling the dram and we also touched coal and our hands got black. We went to another room and we went through the pretend tunnel. Mrs Jones told us about what they ate and they ate some simple food like a cheese sandwich.

Then we went underground in a cage. Then I saw a real dram with real coal. It was really cold down there. When Mr Wayne told us to turn our lights off it was really dark, I couldn’t even see my own hand. We went to the horses stable and Mr Wayne showed us a picture of a horse dragging coal on his back. Then Mr Wayne showed us how the well works by touching two wires together. I ring means stop, 2 rings means come in and 3 rings means get out. After the bells Mr Wayne showed us a mandrel, an axe and a shovel. After that we went to see the davy lamp.

Finally we went to the King Coal exhibition. It was a movie about mining coal. It was telling us about how to get the coal with a chainsaw. They even showed us explosions like gas and fire.

Genes by Year 4

Today we learnt about genes. Dr Fry came in to see us to tell us about genes.

Genes are kept in ‘libraries’ in your body. They can make us look different. Our genes make us who we are. We get our genes from our parents. Your genes decide your hair colour, skin colour, eye colour, if you’re tall or short. Scientist can read what your genes say. We can’t see our genes through a microscope. We share our genes with our families, so we look similar to our families. The further away the relation the less we are likely to look like them.

We learnt about chromosomes and what they look like. Our chromosomes are in pairs. We found out boys have a Y chromosome but girls don’t, they have 2 X’s. The chromosome pairs are shaped in a twist and the pictures we see of them are what artists think they look like.

We learnt that genes can causes things like colourblindness. 1 in 12 boys can have red-green colourblindness and 1 in 200 girls can have red-green colourblindness. There are more boys with this colourblindness because girls have 2 X chromosomes that can replace the problem gene. Genes can cause diseases. Genes can make you have less fingers and thumbs or more fingers and thumbs, if you have an extra finger it’s most likely to happen on your pinky finger.

Some people put jellyfish DNA into mice to make them glow in the dark. Some of us thought this was good but not all of us think this is a good idea to do. ‘Frankenstein food’ is food that’s had its genes changed. Police use DNA to trace the blood samples of criminals.

We learnt that we could be the doctors that find out how to fix DNA and some of us think we’d like to be doctors when we’re older! We know a lot after all of this research we’ve done with Dr Fry!

by Year 4

Year 4 recreate hand x-rays

 

Year 4 have been learning about the human skeleton. They have explored the different bones, the names and function of bones, and the types of joints in our skeleton.

We have begun to look at the work of Marie Curie and how she developed the x-ray. We decided to recreate an x-ray of our hand, working hard to include all the bones and we discovered there are a lot of bones in our hands!

Here are our x-rays, don’t you think we’ve included a lot of the bones that our hands have!

ZOOLAB by ZAC

This is Amy she was the one who kept all the animals from other places around the world that snake there was called noodles. There was five animals the snake, the Madagascan cockroach the name was twinkle toes, the rats name was jelly and her brother was bean so two together is jellybean, the millipedes name was mily and Amy said “its legs is like a toothbrush”. And the spider but we wasn’t to touch it.

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A @ZooLabUK visit By Dan

ZooLab  visited us on Monday 17th October 2016. We saw lots of animals and insects. There

was a snake it was called Noodles.  This is Jelly a rat he has a twin brother called beans.

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The lady from zoo-lab was called Amy she taught us about animals with cold blood and animals that hibernate. There was cockroach  from Madagascar named Twinkletoes.

Jelly was my favourite he could do a fun trick he would ran down your arm and into bed then he would peep out and look around!

The tarantula was HORRIBLE  and SCARY I didn’t like it.

FROM DAN