The Year Two children had a very exciting afternoon experiencing a Victorian Christmas at the Holst Museum. The Museum is a memorial to GustavHolst, one of England’s most respected composers, best known for his work ‘The Planets’. The Museum is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country.

The children arrived to find the museum was decorated in traditional Victorian Christmas decorations. The afternoon began with a tour of the house including the room where Gustav Holst was born.

Pupils then enjoyed avariety of activities in different roomsof the house.They played with old fashioned toys in the nursery and had a look inside a Victorian Christmas stockingandwere shocked to discover it just contained an orange, some nuts, a penny and a very small toy! In the drawing room they sat by candlelight and played Kim’s
Game.

The pupils then ventured downstairsto make a Christmas pudding
(some even broke the eggs into the mixture!) and peppermint creams.
They also made decorationsbydipping greenery into water, then flour
to make them look like snow and theymade paper chains to decorate the
museum with. One of the most exciting activities was ‘Guess the smell!’ – five bags were filled with a range of
distinctive smelling objects – the orange and cinnamon were easier than the cloves to identify.

Finally at the end of the day everyone enjoyedsitting by the piano and
listening to ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ being played. The children had a
fantastic afternoon and it was a super way to finish offthis term’stopic
about the Victorians.