Welcome to 6B!
6B go back in time!
This term, 6B have been finding out all about life in Victorian times, which is a time we all pretty much agree we would not like to live in!
We started by finding out all about Queen Victoria herself, how she came to the throne at only 18 and how she was (until very recently) the longest reigning monarch in British history.
We then decided to dig deeper into the lives of ordinary Victorians – specifically that of children. A trip to Nailsea Tithe Barn was organised and 6B went back in time to experience a day in the life of a Victorian School Child!
Our first task was to dress the part: boys wore caps, shorts with braces to hold them up, shirts, waistcoats and neckers. For girls it was a long sleeveless pinafore and a white cloth cap to completely cover their hair. Once we were all dressed the girls had a terrible shock when they learned that they had to spend the rest of the day lining up behind the boys as Victorians didn’t consider girls as important as boys!!
The class then split into small groups to do 4 lessons one at a time. Arithmetic meant adding and subtracting but no mental maths was allowed! We could only use the abacus which can take a while to organise in your head. Handwriting was completed using quills and ink after practising with the old slate and chalk. In British Empire studies we smelt and tasted the ‘exotic’ trade goods of the empire - tea, coffee, cinnamon and brown sugar – and learnt about the abolition of the slavery. Finally, we had some mysterious objects to investigate and decide what they were used for. These included a pottery hot water bottle, a button hook, a washboard, darning mushrooms, butter paddles and a brass toilet-roll-holder! Interestingly, Victorians used a hand bell to tell them when to move class just like our bell for lining up after break!
Back in the classroom we had a go at some of the craft activities richer children would have done for fun. We made paper dolls using split pins and additional handmade paper clothing; decorated our jotters using decoupage; and created shadow portraits using a strong light source to cast a shadow which was traced onto white paper before being cut out and traced again onto black sugar paper.
These were both great days and we learnt a lot about the lucky children who were able to go to school.
Now we are looking into the lives of the less fortunate children who had to work in factories or as pure collectors or chimney sweeps. But before we go into too much detail on that, here are some photos of our studies so far.
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