Classes in Year 4 are currently embarking on their final visits to Beamish as they investigate: 'is Beamish a good place for a family to move to?'.
Pupils started by surveying the area: talking to neighbours, mine workers and teachers before writing lists of pros and cons to inform their decision. The information collected will be used back in class to create creative writing pieces.
Layton said: “We interviewed workers because we needed to see if they would get better pay. We also interviewed the manager who said that mining could cause early deaths. The school teacher said that 60 children could fit in a class, so there was plenty of room for the children. I enjoyed interviewing the manager because he had the most information about the jobs in the mine.”
Rehana added: ”I liked visiting the school in Beamish and finding out about what school life would have been like for children 100 years ago."
Bobbie said: “Our class agreed that the families should move to Beamish. There was more space in the house, there was a garden for them to grow vegetables and there was a church where they could go to pray. I enjoyed interviewing the neighbours because they were so kind and excited to get new neighbours.”
Year 4 have had a fantastic experience visiting Beamish over the last year and cannot wait to continue learning in new and exciting ways.