“It was terrific…at the right level and also included some challenge for all the children (more and less able)…all 4 stated objectives were covered and achieved…the children…were engaged and interested throughout…Classroom teaching, even with modern resources and access to the internet, cannot match the learning children achieve by visiting, seeing, touching and engaging with real artefacts and a working windmill.”
Year 4 teacher
The year is 1861 and the Ashby family – the millers at Brixton Windmill – are not happy. Their windmill is being robbed of wind.
Discover their story and find out how the growth of London changed life in Brixton Hill. Use costumes and hot seating to find out about working life in and around the windmill. Look at maps, drawings, census returns and photographs to find out how different people felt about the changes to their area. Finish with a lively historical debate about whether or not development of the area should continue.
Children will handle wheat, flour and bread; help to grind some flour; and visit the lower floors of the Windmill.
This session includes a visit inside Brixton Windmill and classroom session in Brixton Windmill Centre.
Age group: Years 4-6
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: £100 (Lambeth schools); £120 (non-Lambeth schools)
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