On Monday, October 29th, 2019, the Grade 6 to 8 students went on a field trip to the Westfield Heritage Village. The students enjoyed experiencing pioneer life in Upper Canada.

We were greeted by Birdie and Frank, who were dressed authentically in pioneer garb. Our trusted guides brought us through a number of historical buildings dating back from the late 1700s to 1917.

We started our tour in a one-room log schoolhouse where the students learned about the three R’s, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Each student was challenged to solve some math problems on their individual slates, making the students long for their Chromebooks!

We continued our tour by exploring a traditional home where the students were challenged with some of the daily chores of pioneer children. Students were sweeping, working with sheep’s wool and pumping water!

Our tour took us to a barn, where the students worked together for a barn bee. They collaborated to bring up the frame of a barn while communicating and cooperating. Celebrations were had afterwards in an enjoyable dance!

We finished our tour by inspecting a train and a station, where the students were given a ticket to ride the rails!

The students enjoyed their time and the wonderful volunteers that informed us about pioneer life in Canada.