Day: November 23, 2021

Year 5: Investigating history through artefacts

Year 5 have been discovering more about how Victorians lived through exploring artefacts from that era.

We recognised the yo-yo, diablo and spinning top, but couldn’t make that work. The spinning monkey was simple but great fun. It helped us to think about how differently rich and poor people lived. Poor children wouldn’t have been able to afford extravagant toys like rocking horses, tea sets, china dolls or even marbles!

None of us knew what the warming pan was forĀ  – we thought it would have been used for cooking on a large fire – or the match lighter, and we thought the whip for the spinning top was linked to the ink well.

Thank you to Mrs Aston’s Mum for lending us the artefacts and bringing history to life!