YEAR 1 OUTING TO OUTWOOD WINDMILL

 

Even grey skies and intermittent showers did not dampen the spirits of thirty Year 1 children on their visit to Outwood Windmill. This local place of interest is a wonderful educational resource. In science the children are studying materials and how they change. We all had a turn making flour from wheat on the hand operated quern. Groups of children pushed the tail pole to turn the sails into the wind. The mill turns on a single oak post. Then we boldly climbed the steps to the top of the windmill. We saw the runner stone that goes round on the bedstone to grind the wheat. Everything in the mill is made out of wood, even the shovels. Real courage was necessary to come back down the steps. On Thursday we will make bread with stone ground flour and the whole Pre-Prep Department will smell delicious!

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