Our day started with a finger nail inspection. Too long or dirty and we wouldn't have been allowed to attend a Victorian school.
We found it strange that we had to pay 1 penny for our education (we're sure our teachers are worth more than that #bargain).
Our lessons included using slate boards and chalk and reciting poems/sayings. For mathematics we learnt the values of Victorian money and learnt our times table by rote.
Drill was next; all out on the playground for various stretches, marches and physical activity (the staff thought that this would wear us out!)
Our only equipment at playtime was a hoop or a skipping rope (we secretly enjoyed this) whilst playing separately (boys and girls.)
In the afternoon we continued our separate learning for technical drawing of Victorian artefacts and cross stitch. We were fascinated to look at some old school records and photos dating back to the Victorian era.
Our day culminated with us all singing the National Anthem and being presented with awards for our cleanliness, activities and scripture.
By the end of the day we were glad not to have been a pupil in Victorian times (particularly for those of us that had to wear the Dunce cap) and very glad that lashings are outlawed!
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