Trevor the traction engine rolls into Swinton playground

Swinton Primary pupils rounded off their Victorian topic in style, when Alexander Hayward brought his authentic Victorian traction engine to the school.
Swinton Primary pupils rounded off their Victorian topic in style, when Alexander Hayward brought his authentic Victorian traction engine to the school.

Swinton Primary pupils rounded off their Victorian topic by examining an authentic Victorian traction engine - in their school yard.

The P5/6 pupils spent the morning learning about the uses of the engine on farms during the Victorian era, and how the engine had been restored when parent Alexander Hayward visited the school with his historic engine.

The pupils were impressed and highly amused when Mr Hayward told them that he had had to get up at 6am that morning to light the fire in the engine, to make sure that enough heat was generated for the three-mile journey to Swinton.

The Victorian traction engine trundled its way along the Berwickshire roads from Butterlaw Farm to the Primary School, taking one and a half hours to travel the three miles.

As Mr Hayward parked the engine in the playground Kyle Mitchell, a P5 pupil, said: “It’s like the engine’s saying ‘just look at me’”.

Miss Robertson, class teacher, said: “It was a super way to end the class topic - being able to use local resources and having a parent so knowledgable speak to the children. This really impacted on their learning, it was just great!”

The pupils really appreciated the time and effort it took Mr Hayward to bring the engine to the school.