Victorian School Day in Year 5 and 6

On Friday, we enjoyed stepping back in time to the 1800s for our Victorian School Day. The day began with an inspection of hands for cleanliness and children had to bow or curtsey to their school mistress before entering the classroom to sing God Save the Queen. After morning prayers, lessons included Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Children also recited the kings and queens of England and chanted their times tables.

After drill, where children marched on the playground, further lessons included copying letters off the blackboard onto their slates and reciting ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade.’ Most children were very well behaved, although as you can see from the pictures some rules were broken (such as putting up your hand, fidgeting, or not standing up when an adult enters the room) and a Victorian punishment was required…

The afternoon consisted of sewing (for the girls) and technical drawing (for the boys). Children also participated in playground games such as hopscotch, skipping and marbles.

It was a fun day and children really got into the spirit of things to make the experience memorable.

Here are some photos of the day…