KS1 children had a wonderful, if somewhat strict, day when they dressed up as children from the Victorian Times. There were some imaginative costumes with children dressing as street urchins, maids, wealthier youngsters, a match seller and even a chimney sweep. The children looked amazing.
Lessons began with an examination of hands and fingernails because all Victorian school children knew of the need for cleanliness. This was followed by alphabet drill, a handwriting lesson and arithmetic drill. Unfortunately, Mrs Ellison and Mrs Beresford did not set a good example and, posing as children, they were disruptive and had to face the consequences! Mrs Ellison even had to wear the dunce’s hat and stand in the corner!
When they were asked how they felt afterwards, many of the children said that it was scary but that they trusted what they had been told beforehand, no children would ‘punished’. However, they did take great pleasure from watching the staff receiving their comeuppance!
Other activities through the day included learning the rules of some familiar and some new playground games, standing in line to receive some porridge (one or two children even had the nerve to ask for more!) There was an opportunity to make Victorian toys and listen to stories written in this era. Families were invited to join us in the afternoon and take part in some of our activities.