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Year 6 Experience Life as a Victorian

Year 6 were given a new identity and became working class Victorian children for the day at Reading Museum.  We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and Mrs Groves was very convincing as a stern Victorian teacher, but we decided that school today is much more fun and were pleased to be back in our normal school uniform!

In February, Year 6 were given a new identity and became working class Victorian children for the day. The clothing felt strange and some of our names made us giggle, Polina became Agnes Burrows for the day. 

When we arrived at Reading Museum we were introduced to a very nice lady called Mrs Groves who explained how the day would work.  She was very kind and told us that she was going to take us back over a hundred years to experience what life would be like for a child of our age.  She started to count backwards and as she reached zero she became a stern Victorian teacher who led us into a cold, dark classroom with extremely uncomfortable desks and benches.  Even Mrs P and Mrs Baker had to behave themselves which seemed to be very difficult.

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We experienced an hour of drill, rote learning, copybook writing and a lesson about the superiority of the British Empire.  Harriet was very poor with her tables and had to wear the dunces hat and stand in the corner.  Chloe had apparently been seen running across the playground and Mrs Groves said she had no alternative but to cane her!  Everyone else in Year 6 behaved themselves for the whole morning for fear of being caned by Mrs Groves.

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We all thoroughly enjoyed the day but were pleased when Mrs Groves became a modern day teacher and started to smile again.  Overall we thought that school today was much more fun and were very pleased to be back in our normal school uniform.

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