Back in time for class

Evie Hargreaves with Mr Giblin taking part in victorian day at Norristhorpe School. (d12011202)
Evie Hargreaves with Mr Giblin taking part in victorian day at Norristhorpe School. (d12011202)

PUPILS stepped back in time to experience life as a Victorian schoolchild.

The hall at Norristhorpe School was transformed into a Victorian era classroom and pupils, dressed in historical outfits, learnt lessons children in the 1800s would have taken, and ‘smirking’ youngsters were even taken outside to be ‘caned’!

Class teacher Delia Robinson said: “We have been studying the Victorians and have been focusing on schoolchildren. We wanted to find out what life was like for them. We put the desks in rows and had the teacher on a raised platform with an old blackboard and chalk and a globe.

“The children came dressed up and we sang hymns and learnt the meanings of some of the words in the hymns.

“We did times tables and learnt about pounds, shillings and pence, and the boys did technical drawing while the girls did needlework. They learnt Victorian proverbs like ‘cleanliness is next to Godliness’. It was really good fun.”

History learning group Historical Interpretations helped take the lessons, coming dressed in Victorian outfits.

Ms Robinson said: “We had someone dressed as a headmaster and took out children who were ‘smirking’ and pretended to cane them!”