Victorian school days
Our first topic in year 6 is the The Industrial Revolution and The Victorians. We decided to get straight into it with a visit to Nailsea Tithe Barn to experience a day in the life of a Victorian School Child and a Victorian crafts WOW day.
Our first task at the Tithe Barn was to research and question the historical records of the school and explore the lives, names and living arrangements of the attendees. We all found it very interesting.
Next we needed 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 to be 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; created shadow portraits; made zoeotropes (which were first ever animations and produced by a Bristolian!); and baked mini Victoria sponge cakes – they were yummy!!
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.
Welcome to 6B!
There are 30 children in our class and our teacher is Miss Brock. This year, Year 6 are lucky enough to be sharing the experience and skills of the LSAs with other year groups so share a day each with Mrs Tapping and Mrs Fox and two days with Mrs Powell.
Our topics this year are The Victorians, The World and Extreme Weather and the Ancient Maya.
In term 1 have indoor PE on a Wednesday and outdoor games on Thursday.
Homework is sent out on Wednesday and given in on Mondays.
In year 6 our homework is: reading (at least 3 times a week with an adult please), times tables, spellings or grammar, maths and learning logs (every fortnight).
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