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A Victorian Classroom Experience for Y5

Year 5 pupils report on their trip to Reading Museum to learn about school and daily life in Victorian times.

"We dressed up with aprons, waistcoats and starched collars and were transported back to a Victorian classroom. We sat in rows at wooden desks and studied arithmetic using pounds, shillings and pence and we wrote on slateboards. Then we chanted our tables and spellings. We also did some writing in our copybook using a pen and ink. We got very messy fingers!

Niyati got the dunce’s cap and Max got the cane!

After lunch we discovered what life was like in the workplace for Victorian children. We learnt how to lay fires, carry luggage, and speak correctly to our masters and mistresses. We dressed up as maids, footmen, lords and ladies and practised washing and ironing. We can all help at home now! "

By Niyati, Charlotte and Rubi.

A selection of photos from this trip are in Galleries.

Victorian Classroom


Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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