Victorian Day in Ashmansworthy Class

Year 5 and 6 went back 140 years to 1879 and experience what it would have been like to be a Victorian School pupil. We started the day with some religious instruction before meeting the rest of the school on the playground for drill. After some exercises run by Mr Davies (a healthy body makes a healthy mind, after all), we came inside for a hygiene check. Cleanliness is next to Godliness, and many children had to wash their hands with soap before tackling some grammar exercises. Adding pounds, shillings and pence was particularly challenging in arithmetic, so we practised our 12 times table to help us. Did you know that pre-decimalisation in 1971, there were 12 pence in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound?

Light relief came with the object lesson where the children had to draw a shell, in geography we learnt about the British Empire and in science we labelled a flowering plant. We finished off with a spelling test, all in silence…well that was the plan! The we met everyone in the playground to bury our time capsule and eat cake!

Thank you to everybody’s amazing efforts in dressing up and playing the part to make the experience as realistic as possible. I wonder who will dig up our time capsule in the future?

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