On Tuesday 28th April, Year 5 visited Reading Museum to take part on a Victorian experience.
We started the day with an introduction about the background to education in Victorian days and we then set off to the classroom. Girls and boys were separated and we experienced using slate boards and dip pens (which made our hands quite messy!). The very strict teacher taught us Arithmetics, we practised our writing and had a very interesting desk drill.
Two of our children (with a great sense of humour) experienced Victorian punishments: Elize was the dunce and Alex was “caned” by the teacher. Luckily it was all acting!
After lunch, we were taught about different jobs a child could’ve done in a rich family’s house. Some of the children were able to role play being in charge of different roles, such as cleaning, doing the laundry or sweeping the chimneys.
Year 5 had a great time in Reading museum and we all learned a lot about the life for children in the Victorian days.