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Victorian Afternoon 2011

Victorian Afternoon 2011.

Our day started normally with reading, assembly and lessons, but after lunch we changed into our costumes for our Victorian afternoon. We began by having games outside and this involved playing games that Victorian children would have enjoyed. The boys played chase, whilst the girls played with hoops – rolling them up and down. When the bell rang we had to stand really straight and still, until we were told what to do. Mr Smith said that the boys would have to participate in drills to practise skills that soldiers would need in the Crimean war, whilst the girls had to practise their walking. The boys marched into three straight lines and pretended to lunge forward with swords at the enemy, at the same time the girls elegantly walked over to the other side of the playground.

We then went indoors, but the girls and boys were separated and had to use different entrances to the hall. Our first Victorian lesson was times tables, when Mr Smith said our surnames we had to call out the right answer or we would have to wear the dunces’ hat. Our second lesson was handwriting. Victorian handwriting is exceedingly hard because of all the curly letters and constant changing of lines. Our third lesson (poetry) was very hard because we had to memorise a poem. A few people were called up to the stage to read out the poem without the sheet in front of them, and didn’t do very well!!

At the end of the day we thoroughly enjoyed it – thank you Mr Smith, Mrs Holwell and everyone else that was involved in organising our day.

PS – we are all very glad that we do not live in Victorian times.

Report by Kate, 6 Alpha.

JS - 3 November 2011 15:29 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2010

Grace’s Victorian Afternoon

To start the afternoon we went outside to play. The boys and the girls played separately and all the girls that dressed as boys played with them. Mr. Smith, Mrs. Holwell and Mrs. Woolgar were all dressed up. Mrs. Woolgar dressed up as the school nurse and Mr. Smith and Mrs. Holwell as teachers. We had to call them Sir and Ma’am. When the bell rang for the end of play, we split up for drill, girls on one side of the playground and boys on the other. We started with marching. We marched up and down in three rows. Then we did lunging, the girls did shorter steps than the boys. After that the girls marched with books on their heads and the boys did star jumps.
We then marched into the hall, with the girls and boys using different entrances and we sat on different sides of the room. We all had to stand for assembly and recited the Lords Prayer and sang a song. Following that we then had a hand inspection, people with dirty hands had to go and wash them. After assembly we did handwriting and we had copy books to copy from. The first page was capital letters and the second page was the alphabet in joined up writing and we wrote out the numbers 1-9 and England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We wrote out everything three times. Then it was Maths and we did mental arithmetic and recited the 2, 4 and 6 times tables.
After lessons Mr. Smith revealed that two boys had been caught stealing apples from the vicarage orchard. I was one of them and we got caned! (Mr. Smith hit his own hand, not ours!).
At the end of the afternoon we said a prayer and were dismissed, we all marched back to our normal classrooms.

Report by Grace, 6 Alpha

Extracts from 6A’s reports;

First we used our copy books to write out the English alphabet three times, people who were left handed had to write with their right hand. Just then Mrs. Woolgar (the nit nurse) came to check our heads and nails. She would make up that children had nits and had to sit on the dunce’s chair!!

Mrs. McGlew walked in and we all stood up; she took Taylor outside and gave him a good whip (he screamed like a girl!).

In the hall the boys and the girls sat on separate sides of the room, then we started our first Victorian lesson of the day which was Literacy.  We practiced the alphabet in lowercase letters and capital letters and then we did Maths. Soon afterwards we did reading and we had to memorize a poem; it went something like this," The feathers of the willow turned yellow over the widening river, the rushes are rusty and the clouds that are glinting are wild." Mr. Smith soon discovered that Anthony had forgotten his penny he was meant to bring for his payment for today.

We all really enjoyed our afternoon, thank you Mrs. Holwell and Mr. Smith for making our afternoon as Victorian as it could be.


- 22 October 2010 10:05 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2009

On Friday 16th October, Year 6 had a normal morning at school but then at lunch, went back in time to The Victorian era. First of all, we had drill outside where we marched up and down the playground; it was a bit like old-fashioned PE. After that we marched into the hall for afternoon lessons - boys and girls through different doors. Once a week, we had to bring in a penny but unfortunately, Euan forgot his and got the Dunce’s cap. Our first lesson was writing practice where we were given copybooks to copy out the alphabet underneath the correct letters. If you were left-handed you had to write with your right hand as they thought it was improper for people to write with your left hand; if your writing wasn’t neat enough you got given the Dunce’s hat which is a cone shaped hat with a D on the front.

Our next lesson was mathematics where we had to solve problems with money and chant our times tables. In the middle of our lesson, the headmaster, Mr Chandler, entered the room and we all had to stand up out of respect. Jarrod forgot to put the coal on the fire in the staff room so he was sent out to relight it.

The nurse Mrs Woolgar, came to inspect our hands and face and our hair for nits. Several people had to go out and clean their hands and then come back in for reading out some sounds and short sentences off a sheet.

We then had to recite a poem about a willow tree in autumn. Several people were picked on and had to say it from memory. Then we had to decipher what the poem actually meant- it was the colours and the wind blowing the leaves of the tree. After that we were dismissed and we went home. The afternoon was extremely fun, we all enjoyed it immensely but it was even worse than school is today, as the teachers were very strict.

Thank you very much too all the teachers for making it a very enjoyable afternoon.

- 23 October 2009 15:10 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon Sketches 2008

Chris Burke, our artist in residence, parent and friend of the school, drew the sketches while the children were on the playground.

You can see more of his work on his website.

- 17 October 2008 01:11 - GeneralVictorian Afternoon 2008

On the 17th of October 2008, year 6 had a Victorian afternoon!

First of all we had a normal school morning but after lunch we travelled back to Victorian times. We got dressed up into our outfits and then went outside to play. After being called into line boys on the one side with Master Smith and the girls (or ‘ladies’) with Mistress Church, we had ‘drill’ and then marched around the playground before going into the hall, with the boys going through one door and girls through the other. We sang a hymn called ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’, before reciting the Lords Prayer and starting lessons.

The first lesson was literacy and we did handwriting. We had to copy posh capital letters into our copy books. Then we did arithmetic and it was very hard. After this, we recited poetry, one poem was called ‘November Song’ and the other was about time:

‘60 seconds make a minute’
’60 minutes make an hour’
’24 hours a day hath in it’
‘Use each well with all your power’

During the hand writing, Mistress Church spotted a terrible mistake that Daniel made; he was using his left hand! He was punished by being caned. Mistress Church demanded that he started again but with his right hand and another boy had his copy book up torn up in front of everyone because it was so untidy!

Suddenly Master Smith stopped counting his money and stood up abruptly. He slowly walked to the front of the hall and bellowed for Max to stand. “WHERE IS YOUR ONE PENNY?”
“I don’t have any money, sir” stuttered Max.
“NO MONEY!” said Master Smith, “Headmasters office, NOW”!
After 10 minutes Mr. Chandler came and lectured us about how important our one penny’s are. Then he talked to us about an inspector coming and stormed out!

It was a great experience and we all enjoyed dressing up and acting in character.

By Francesca, Olivia & Thomas.

Chris Burke, our artist in residence, parent and friend of the school, drew the sketches while the children were on the playground, See the sketches here.

- 17 October 2008 01:10 - General
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