Pupils given a les­son in Vic­to­rian teach­ing

Chil­dren travel back in time for history ex­pe­ri­ence

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Imo­gen Robin­son ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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