On Friday 4th October, the Year 5 children from Bourne Elsea Park travelled back in time as part of their Victorian topic and took part in a Victorian day. The children came dressed up ready to take part in a role play where the classroom had been set up as a Victorian classroom and their teacher transformed into a Victorian school teacher. They took part in drill, handwriting practice on slate chalk boards, sang the National anthem, repeated their times tables on rote and even experienced the dunce hat. It was definitely very different to their normal experiences at school.
They also examined Bourne Abbey CE Primary School’s log book from 1877. Using this historical source, they discovered information about the children who used to attend the school and compare it to their own school life. They were fascinated to find out how old children were when they started school and the different reasons for them leaving.
In the afternoon the children created a Victorian tea party, by making cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, scones and mini Victoria sandwich cakes. It was a fantastic end to an interesting, informative and engaging day. Miss Worrall (Year 5 Class Teacher) explained ‘the children have really enjoyed our Victorian topic so far; the day was a brilliant addition. It was fantastic to see the children using a historical artefact to find out about life for Victorian children in Bourne. They are looking forward to continuing their learning with our upcoming trip to Southwell Workhouse.’