In the first half of Spring Term your child will be studying the Victorians in class. In order to give them a sense of what life was like for a Victorian child, we would like to have a Victorian school morning on Thursday 9th January 2020.
The morning will revolve around role playing the life of a school child from that era. This will involve reading and writing lessons in a classroom where behaviours will be modelled on Victorian values. There will also be activities outside of the classroom again based on Victorian school life. It is our intention to fully immerse the children in the experience in order they can get a better understanding of what life was like back then.
Victorian Packed Lunch
We think it would be fun and immersive to bring in a small Victorian pack lunch. This would typically consist of a very small piece of cheese, a piece of bread, perhaps a raw carrot or an apple, wrapped in a piece of cotton cloth, with water or cold tea to drink. The food would have been wrapped in brown paper or cotton cloth rather than plastic and it was often carried in a wicker basket.
We do not intend that this replaces the child’s normal lunch and would be in addition to. We would eat the snack halfway through the morning.
Girls – Pinafores or skirts would have been worn. Girls would have worn their hair off their faces; long hair would be plaited but not in buns. They did not wear modern slides or fastenings but would have worn plain ribbons. They wore knee length socks, calf length skirts if possible, and long or short sleeved blouses, or plain dark dresses. A shawl could also be worn. No jewellery or trousers please!
Boys – They would have worn dark trousers – not jeans – which were tucked into knee length, plain, dark socks. They wore plain dark shoes and plain, long-sleeved shirts. Waistcoats could be worn as well as neckerchiefs and flat caps.
PARENTS DO NOT PANIC! WE DO NOT EXPECT YOU TO GO TO GREAT EXPENSE OR EFFORT.
GIRLS: COULD BE LONG SKIRT AND WHITE SCHOOL SHIRT.
BOYS: SCHOOL TROUSERS TUCKED IN SOCKS + WHITE SHIRT.
IF ANY PROBLEMS, SCHOOL UNIFORM WILL BE FINE. LUNCHES CAN JUST BE WRAPPED IN GREASE PROOF PAPER.
Children should come into school with their Victorian clothes on. We should stress once again that the afternoon will be entirely normal – usual PPA lessons will take place.
Year 6 Teachers