On Thursday last week P 5/6 had a Victorian day because it is our currant topic.
To initiate the day the boys and girls were separated into groups as girls and boys in the Victorian era would not have mixed together at school.
Our first subject of the day was maths, were we problem solved with Victorian money. We used chalk and boards instead of whiteboards and pens, we found this tricky.
After maths we had Recess and played various Victorian games, such as jump rope, hopscotch, skip rope, spinning tops and toss the stone into the circle, some of these games we still play today.
Here is our Victorian class photo.
After Recess we had handwriting with ink and Quill pens. We had to copy fancy writing and if you made a mess you were punished. However most pupils made a great job of their handwriting so no one was punished.
If you were punished in the Victorian era you were made to wear the dunce hat or hit with the belt/cane. We pretended to be very sad pupils being made to wear the dunce hat.
Here are our Victorian day classroom rules.
- Students must stand up to answer questions and wait for permission to speak.
- Students must call Teachers “sir” or “Miss”.
- Students must stand when an adult enters the room.
- Students must use their right hand at all times for writing.
- Girls will learn needle work and boys will learn technical drawing.
- Students must not put their hands up unless they are told they can do so.
- Students must not ask questions.
- Talking and fidgeting will be punished. Children who are truant (late), behave badly or do poor work will be belted.
As a modern day class we didn’t like the Victorian rules and much prefer our own class rules.
As a class we had a great day acting out a typical Victorian school day and would like to do it again.