A group of year 8, students have been reading the book:
“Martha’s Story – The girl who broke her chains”
The book is based on real events that took place in the Midlands just over a century ago; it uses the diary of an 11-year-old girl to bring to life the experiences of working class children of that time.
Year 8 students had an opportunity to visit the Black Country Living Museum to see how life was back in Martha’s time. Students could see chain making in action (which Martha was learning at the age of 11). Students really got a feel for the book and wanted to know more about how Martha would have lived almost a century ago. Year 8 visited the school of Martha’s time and they were shocked at how they were taught all those years ago, nothing like school today!
Visiting the buildings around Martha’s time and learning that they had no electricity, computers or TV was shocking for some of our students. They came away experiencing how Martha lived, shopped and worked which all added to a wonderful experience, of reading this book.
Well done to those students they were a credit to Crestwood.