Learning the Victorian way at St George’s

CHILDREN at St George’s CE Primary, Mossley, were transported back to a bygone era for a ‘Victorian Day’.

In Year 3, they had been studying the topic as their school was built during this era, so it made the perfect backdrop for day.

Swift class was invited to come to school dressed as Victorian schoolchildren for a Victorian school day.

St George’s Primary Victorian Day

The classroom was changed from the vibrant, fun learning environment it usually is to a Victorian classroom with walls only showing the Lord’s Prayer, timestables and letter formation and a fire on the interactive whiteboard.

The day started with site manager Steven Mayall dressed as a headmaster, greeting the children on the playground. There were a lot of confused faces as the children were stood into two separate lines and headmaster Mayall talked to the children about the school rules and expectations while remaining in character. Even some of the parents got a stern talking to.

Once in the classroom, the children began their morning with reading, writing and arithmetic. The children were able to try out their writing using slates and chalks, hired from Quarry Bank Mill. They then made their own cup-and-ball game.

Children tried out a lot of traditional Victorian games which they were surprised to learn were played during the Victorian era: hopscotch, hoop and stick, egg and spoon, skipping and of course they played with their ball and cups.

In the afternoon they looked at old pictures of their school and then headed outside to sketch using charcoal.

The day ended with Father David Warner and Father Ian Brocklehurst visiting for their outdoor Easter service.

The following day the children explored the project boxes they hired from Quarry Bank Mill. Each box costs £20 to hire and you can use them for two weeks.

They had access to the machines and homelife box, looking at many different artefacts and the children enjoyed guessing what each was for.

They watched videos of the inside of the mill, looked at Victorian money and learnt more about how Samuel Greg ran the mill.

Although they weren’t able to visit Quarry Bank, it was wonderful to be able to bring the trip to school. The hands-on experience will be remembered by the children for years to come and was a wonderful way to end the half term.

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