The very enthusiastic Year 3 class from Swan Lane visited today. Their new topic is Victorians and I introduced them to the topic by telling them about Victorian farming. We looked at old fashioned butter making, the maids window in the Victorian farmhouse, a shire horse and shoe, mixed farming which produced all the food the farm needed, Victorian plough, traditional Vale of Evesham orchard etc…The activity in the den building wood was to make a picture of a cartwheel they had seen at the farmhouse….
A lovely group of Home Educated children came out to the farm to learn about Victorians. I explained about Sandfield Farm in the Victorian times and showed them the farmhouse, including the maids bedroom window. At the farmhouse we still have a Victorian cart wheel and plough. The children helped me to make butter and I showed them an old butter churn. A metal detector found a horse shoe from a heavy horse who worked on the farm, which I showed to the children and we thought about how large the horse must have been.
Victorians enjoyed making paper flowers and scrap books. The children made a Spring paper flower and cut up old farming magazines to make a farming scrap book page.
Butter making, butter pats and butter press