Today we started by drawing steam trains with charcoal.
We then traveled through time to the 15th of September 1830, the day the railway between Liverpool and Manchester was opened. We talked about the people who where alive then and whether they would approve or not.
Some families lost their houses
Some people didn’t like the noise.
Travel was faster.
Coal miners had to work hard and it was dangerous.
Train drivers liked driving the train.
The Queen thought it would make the country richer.
We then prepared for the opening of the railway. We invited the mayoress and made her a gold chain. We organised a brass band and made flags too.
We made a model railway and we talked about the different features of the landscape. We also thought about how humans made changes to the landscape to help the train travel through.
We watched water turn into steam and back into water again. We also looked at a match burning and talked about smoke. We discussed reversible and irreversible changes.
We made models of trains and drew trains. We all compared old and new trains and sorted trains out on a timeline.
We discussed how coal mining happened and how it changed the landscape. We also heard how difficult it was to be a miner.