Children at Trinity School enjoyed a talk from local historian Mike Willoughby and a day experiencing what life is like in Victorian England.
Mike Willoughby, from the Henley Lest We Forget project, visited the school to talk about World War 1 and World War 2 and how the war linked to the local history of Henley. Mike has undertaken research into the background of the 223 young men whose names are on the Henley Town Memorial, wore a uniform on behalf of Flight Lieutenant John Andrew Edwards who is one of those names on the memorial, and talked to the children specifically about this young man,
Later in the week, Years 1 and 2 were immersed into life in the Victorian era. The children have been studying this subject this term, and the day was an opportunity to undertake some of the activities that would have taken place during this era.
The children experienced being pupils in a Victorian classroom, they learned about the Crimean War and Florence Nightingale and practiced bandaging ‘soldiers’ and cleaning the ‘wards’ and enjoyed a workshop by Dantastic Education on Victorian England, that brought lots of fun, laughter and smiles upon the faces.
Emma Bradbury, Phase Leader for Key Stage 1 and 2, said “All the children and the teachers have dressed up and by taking part, this experience has brought Victorian England to life for the children.”