Children are swept into a story of highway robbery. As they unravel the evidence they will task themselves with putting pen to paper to make all well in this session that inspires writing back in the classroom.
It is 1800, and the Master of Pockerley Old Hall has agreed to take some children on as servants. When the post arrives they will need to help with reading, writing and sealing letters, as well as sorting the mail for the post office. The drama unfolds as the children come across a distressed mail coach guard who has been a victim of highway robbery. They will have to play detective if they are to find out about the mysterious bandit and a case of mistaken identity.
This is an English focused activity. Once they have solved the mystery, children will discuss what they can do to put matter’s right, be it producing wanted posters, newspaper reports or letters. In so doing this will inspire creative writing back in the classroom.
Objectives of Activity:
- To explore and understand everyday life, the postal system, the dangers of travel and highway robbery in the Georgian Era (George III – 1760-1820).
- To engage children in solving a mystery using team work, observation and thinking skills.
- To inspire writing in a range of formats, such as newspaper reports, letters and wanted posters.
Target Age: Key Stage 2
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Group size: Full class
Season: All year