Childhood in Victorian England came alive for pupils at Chilton Primary School in Ramsgate.
Gone were the high-tech learning resources and friendly teachers, replaced for your day by strict learning and writing out repetitive lines using chalk and also a board, silence should you not were talked to, and sitting upright in serried ranks.
There was the dunce’s hat for everyone who is stepped from line, a measly helping of gruel was served up, practical skills like sewing were learned, plus the day began with standing straight and singing the National Anthem to show their pride and respect for that British Empire.
To enhance the Victorian Day experience, children in Year 5 donning period costume while they explored what life was like of the along with their families inside Nineteenth century.
A mixture of characters populated each class from well-to-do toffs inside their fine top hats, tails, crepes and crinolines, to street urchins and workhouse children.
The aim ended up being give pupils a feel for what childhood was comparable to this era as well as the almost jobs children would face just like being employed in the factories and coalmines.
Each pupil was handed a Victorian good reputation your day to increase their experience, including Watson, Gertrude, Bernard, and Ernest, and lessons also featured spelling and times table practice.
The classes also took part in Victorian games using hoops and skipping ropes in activities; playing hop-scotch; and getting involved in ‘pitta-patta’ with regards to their partner and creating his or her song and routine.
They also watched clips in the classic film sort of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist to link in with the actual text they are really studying called Street Child.
Assistant Head of college Matthew Lamprell said: “It really is important that children have the opportunity to participate in in enrichment days that hyperlink to English/topic areas since it broadens their understanding and experiences through rich, relevant and interesting activities.
“Street Child continues to be this term’s core text so that it was enjoyable to deal with to get the possibility to dress up in some fantastic and artistic costumes and experience life as being a Victorian child.”
Head of college Kate Law added: “This is a great approach to reinforce learning plus it examined the social culture and heritage associated with a pivotal in time our history that highlighted extreme poverty against enormous wealth.”