Last Friday we visited Southwell Workhouse. We discovered how the poor were treated in the 1840s and what life was like in the workhouse. When we arrived at the workhouse we walked up the pauper's path and met characters from the The Workhouse's past and experienced the strict segregation of the building. We put on workhouse uniforms and entered The Workhouse by different doors - boys went one way and the girls the other. The girls were registered by the Matron and the boys by the Master. We met the pauper inmates and took a guided tour of the building.
In the afternoon we took part in a workshop - Who Were They? We gathered information from genuine workhouse sources including the punishment book, census and dietary to build a portrait of the life of Victorian workhouse children.
Each week two children are selected to present a book review. The children can present their book review however they like e.g. speech, PowerPoint presentation, poster etc.
Here is a list of books that have been recommended so far:
Class School Councillor
Five children in the class put themselves forward to be nominated as the class school representative. The children each gave a speech as to why they would make a good councillor. The class listened very carefully to the speeches before making their choice.