As part of our British Science Week celebrations, the children in Year 5 visited Coombe Mill, a working industrial museum, which was originally a sawmill and workshop on the Blenheim Palace Estate.
The children had the opportunity to participate in some exciting science and technology-based activities, including looking at the mechanics of a steam engine and a fully functioning forge, whilst gaining an insight into the working lives of local people during the Victorian and Edwardian periods.
The visit was kindly organised by Wendy Foster, who many will remember from her time teaching Class two with Mrs Walsh. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing historical detectives as they studied actual census documents relating to local mill workers from the late 1800-early 1900s. They were even allowed to have a go at making their own metal levers by heating and sculpting metal rods in the coke forge.
We had a fantastic morning and very much hope to be able to visit the later in the year, where we may have the opportunity to take part in some of the the outdoor science/history -based activities.