Year 6 Turn Back the Clock!

Year 6 turned back the clock to Victorian times and experienced life in a classroom of the 1890s.

“Mr Grey” instructed the children in the monarchs of England, books of the Bible and countries of the Empire, all by rote. The children wrote with pen and ink or slate pencil according to their station in life and their gender. Many of the children thought their handwriting was better than normal due to the concentration needed to use the dip pen and want to try it out in class.

The girls were horrified to hear that they would need very little education as their place was in the home. On the anniversary of votes for women, this did not sit at all well with the Y6 girls!

The children acted brilliantly and were commended on their ability to stay in role despite being accused of stealing flowers from the garden, and other very naughty things, (all made up of course!).

The afternoon brought a range of mysteries into the classroom. Year 6 became detectives, trying to piece together the stories of Victorian lives using a range of clues from different artefacts left in suitcases. Several mums kindly came along to help with the puzzles and the children were excited to discover facts about maids who had stolen from their masters and Louis Carroll’s adventures.

The day was a fascinating glimpse into the past and helped Year 6 to experience the life of a Victorian school child; bringing history to life for all involved.