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Year 1 Pioneer Village History Excursion


Year One Pioneer Village Excursion

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Last week, the Year One students travelled by bus to Pioneer Village as part of their History unit, “My Grandparents, my Parents and Me.”

On arrival, we were met by a number of students’ grandparents, who were invited to join us, and several volunteers from the village.

The students participated in a variety of most enjoyable activities and demonstrations over the day.

The first job was to make the damper to be cooked in a traditional brick outdoor oven. This was to then enjoy later at morning tea, with butter, golden syrup and billy tea.

Two of the demonstrations included watching Prince, the old Clydesdale horse, drawing water from underground using a very old pump system, and watching a very ‘loud’ but fun cracking of whips.

The students also rotated around four interesting and educational activities in smaller groups.

One activity involved learning about the evolution of the washing machine and iron from historic to modern times, accompanied by some fascinating stories.

They also viewed and learnt about a variety of old coaches and learnt about changes in transport over the years.

Another worthwhile activity was walking through a small cottage which was owned by a local family back in the 1800’s. It was amazing to think a family of nine lived in the tiny cottage, fitted out with a myriad of historical items, and complete with a vegetable garden, chickens and outdoor bath and dunny!

Another of the highlights was visiting the old school house, complete with old desks and slates. The ‘teacher’, Mrs Beardmore (who was a past teacher aide of the school), certainly gave the children insights into what it was like being a student 100 years ago!

Finally, the students spent time looking in the bike museum and fire station. The children particularly liked being able to sit in the driver’s seat of an old fire engine and placing oxygen masks over their face.

Overall, the Year One excursion to Pioneer Village was a great success with children gaining a greater knowledge about life from the past, as well as spending time with some much loved grandparents.

Thank you to the volunteers of Pioneer Village for making the day so special, and to all the grandparents and parent helpers who were able to attend and assist us on the day.

Year One Teachers