Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood

Posted by mrssshaw on Tuesday Jun 28, 2016 Under Uncategorized

We have had the most perfect day learning about Victorian times. We absolutely loved dressing up and having a lesson by a strict ‘Victorian’ teacher.  We had to write on slates, recite a poem and know our times tables. Some of us had to wear the dunce’s cap for getting answers wrong and some even got ‘caned’. (Great acting skills.!)

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Class 2 discovered that left-handed children in Victorian times had to have their left hands tied behind their back so that they didn’t use them. We learnt that children who slouched had to wear back straighteners and children who fiddled had to suffer the finger straps!

After lunch we learnt about the old-fashioned toys and we got to play with some of them. We saw that they were mostly made of wood and metal and that only religious toys could be played with on a Sunday.

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We also learnt that many children in Victorian times had to go out to work -either in the mines, in the mills or by being sent up the chimneys. We had a go at climbing the ‘chimney’ to experience how narrow it was. We felt so sorry for the reluctant boys who in Victorian times were made to go up  the chimney by having their feet stabbed with pins!

Class 2 you were brilliant. Your behaviour, your manners and your answers to the questions were super. Well done to you all!

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