Year 5 have been basing their themed learning on the book "Street Child" set in Victorian times.
Thanks to our visitors from Hitchin Schools Museum, they discovered what it would be like to attend a Victorian school. They had to address the teacher as 'Ma'am' and be absolutely silent at all times! Reading was recited in unison, the children using their 'pointing finger' to help them keep their place. Arithmetic involved adding 'old' money - pounds, shillings and pence, very different to the decimal coinage we use today.
Some of the children admitted to being nervous of the 'school ma'am', especially as in those days, discipline was very strict, with the cane applied to the worst offenders. Those who could not do their sums were forced to stand in the corner wearing the Dunce's cap - a shameful experience at the time.
The children were beautifully behaved, if somewhat relieved when they could be 21st century pupils once more!
What a fabulous learning experience for our children!