We have had two notable visits by primary schools in the first half of this year. In January a Year 4 class from Cradley CE Primary School spent a morning with us, furthering their study on The Tudors. And in June, two Year 3 classes from Netherton CE Primary School paid us a visit whilst in the middle of studying ‘The Victorians’ .
It must be noted that all of the children from both schools were exceptionally well-behaved and attentive, showing a real interest in the subject and the exhibition. All those who helped us commented on the children’s excellent manners!
We adopted our sessions to these two main history topics currently in the national curriculum…..that is, The Tudors and The Victorians.
For the Tudor period we majored on William Tyndale, the story of his life and work, coming to the point where the children were able to see and to hold the answer to Tyndale’s prayer, the famous ‘Chained Bible’ placed by Henry VIII in every church in the land. Our method has been to divide the children into three rotating groups- one listening to an illustrated talk on Tyndale’s life and work, one involved in an interactive search activity seeking out relevant items in the exhibition, and the other group making models of the chained Bible and lectern.
For the Victorian period we centred on the work of Richard and George Cadbury of Birmingham, and their many labours for the advancement of the Gospel in the city and beyond. This was a very good opportunity to illustrate Christianity’s massive influence on the social well-being of our national life. Again the children were divided into three groups, with an illustrated talk, an interactive searching activity, and the making of Victorian wooden spoon figures. A special song was written and sung to the tune of ‘My Grandfather’s clock’ setting out the influence of Christianity on Victorian life. This morning ended with the children being shown a Bible that had been presented by George Cadbury to one of his workers in 1897.
At the present time, many invitations have gone out to local schools, inviting them to arrange bookings for the Autumn Term.