Playful knowledge

17th March 2006 at 00:00
Last month, our Year 5 pupils dressed up in simple costumes and became cotton mill apprentices. They worked with Christine Burns from the Lunchbox Theatre Company to perform a true story of an apprentice who runs away from a mill, is captured and brought back. During this, they joined a march for a 10-hour day. Later, they examined artefacts, including indenture documents, and then in groups devised their own small plays. The session, which was very interactive, helped pupils empathise with Victorian children. There were links to speaking and listening and drama. In a year's time, I'm sure they will remember the day and the events portrayed.

Julie Clack

Year 5 teacher and deputy headteacher, Reedley Primary School, Burnley

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