Pupils given a lesson in Victorian teaching
Children travel back in time for history experience
CHILDREN in Uxbridge learned what it would have been like to go to school in Victorian times.
Year 2 at Whitehall Infant School, in Cowley Road, travelled back to the 19th century as part of their history classes.
Teachers brought the period to life by dressing up in Victorian clothes and adopting a more austere approach to classes.
Classes were conducted with an extremely strict approach, play time was passed in complete silence and all electronic items were kept out of sight to make the exercise as authentic as possible.
As the Victorian lesson drew to an end, children were relieved that normal life had returned to the classroom and they discussed their ideas about how teaching and learning had changed since that time.
Staff were also glad to get back to their usual style of teaching.
Teacher Christopher Hipwell said: “Being so strict and unable to really engage the children in their own learning is completely against how we are trained to teach.
“Education has changed a lot for the better since Victorian times.”
Head teacher Mangit Bringan added: “History has really been brought to life through this experience, although we won’t be having a real fire when it comes to covering the Great Fire of London.”
n STRICT: (Above) Teachers Christopher Hipwell, Hannah Neacy and Jo Aqbarawi; (left) pupils also dressed up for the day