The heritage topic of our school trip was “Is there no place like home?” We’ve looked at what Cornwall is like (Geographically) and I want them to understand Cornish heritage and compare to another country’s heritage. We need to see why both are important and why they think they should be preserved.
Here are some of the reports from the children:
Going into the mine was very quiet, but I wan’t nervous. I would like a job at the mine doing panning. I enjoyed learning about the machines and lifts in the olden days.
I enjoyed learning about the miners digging the rouck out. When we went down the mine, they showed us lines in the rock where there was tin. Learning about the machines was my favourite part, especially how they made them work. I also loved looking for precious gems. I found 4!
Going to see the mine was the best bit. I was surprised at how narrow it was. It would of been a hard job being a miner, but I would like to do it. When we were hammering the granite it was fun.
We learnt how the miners broke the rock to get the tin. I learnt that you needed to wash the rock to get the tin out. I liked the panning because we got to take the jewels and gold home.
I found leaning about how they sifted the rock when we were panning really interesting. When we went into the mine it was very wet and cold. I expected the mine to go down but we walked on flat ground. I didn’t know that they used to hammer huge nails in the rock to put in dynamite. I felt sad when I heard the mine closed and lots of people lost their jobs.
Looking around inside at all the machines was really interesting. It was great smashing the stones into little pieces, but the hammer was a little bit heavy.