To end the term, we had Victorian Day in school. The day started with going over the school rules for the day - many children were shocked with how strict they were.
We then focused on the 3 Rs: Reading, WRiting and ARithmetic. The Reading lesson involved reading the school rules over and over again. When asked to, a child had to stand up and read the given rule. If they stuttered, they were sent to the corner to wear the Dunce's hat!
In Writing, we learnt that 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness.' The children had a nail inspection and then had to copy the sentence out in chalk. Left-handed children were told that they must use their right hand. A child described this as "dreadful."
In Arithmetic, we learnt the 2 and 5 times table by rote. Then after play time, we cooked some gruel and tasted it. Not a lot of children liked it but we all at least had a taste. Finally we had a very Victorian Art lesson where children were given step-by-step instructions on how to draw a pigeon.
The day ended with the children watching the 1968 film, 'Oliver!' and discussing what Victorian things we spotted.