The final week of the spring term has brought all things Victorian to year 3.
On Tuesday, the children were very creative during their Victorian art afternoon. They worked in groups on a carousel of activities including colouring William Morris style patterns, leaf printing, using a printing press and continuing William Morris patterns across their piece of work.
There were some lovely examples of work. These will be displayed in class and coming home soon.
Many of the children agreed that the most fun was the huge, heavy printing press which was used to make William Morris style prints. It was hard work but great fun!
On Wednesday both classes arrived to find they had been transported back in time. The classrooms looked very different. No fun table groups, no interactive whiteboards switched on and worst of all, no smiling teachers and assistants.
Tables were now in rows, blackboards and chalk were ready to use and some very stern members of staff were waiting at the doors. Boys and girls lined up separately before entering school. Drill (PE) was extremely regimented and handwriting wasn’t much fun for the left handed children (and staff!) The girls were most amused to discover that they would be sewing while the boys recited times tables in their arithmetic lesson. The boys were not so amused!
The threat of the dunce cap and the cane were not enough to stop some children from daring to speak to the child next to them or even to put their hand up when they should be working. Many experienced standing in the corner and heard the cane whip on the table!
Although the children enjoyed experiencing Victorian life, they were all relieved to get back to normal. Who knows, maybe modern lessons will be quieter now…