On Monday 6th of December, a very excited Class 1 arrived at Gawthorpe Hall for a Victorian Christmas experience.
As we approached the grand old entrance, we realised that a full and exciting afternoon awaited.
First we made wonderful cornucopia Christmas decorations using card and wrapping paper. They look so beautiful and we can’t wait to hang them on our Christmas trees!
We met a lovely Victorian lady called Gillian who taught us some songs and games (see video). Our favourite was Kim’s game where we had to spot which item had been removed from a tray. There were lots of objects on the tray including a thimble, a clock winder, a metal toy soldier, a button, a spoon and lots more! It was very tricky to work out what was missing each time!
After this we visited Father Christmas who told us about five special objects that were in a stocking. These were an apple to wish people health, an orange as a special treat, a penny for wealth, coal for warmth and a little bag of salt for good luck. He then read us the special poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’. It was truly magical!
Next we visited the Victorian kitchen where we looked at the range and found out about the ingredients for Christmas puddings and where in the world they might come from. We all stirred the Christmas pudding mix and made a wish. Finally, we all sang ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ together next to the Christmas tree before we returned to school.
What a fabulously festive afternoon!