First book of bi­ble? Guin­ness?

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IN re­ply to R Davies’ let­ter (Wed, Oc­to­ber 3).

When I started teach­ing in ju­nior school in 1966 I was given a his­tory scheme of work by the head­teacher.

There were sets of text­books to im­ple­ment this writ­ten by Un­stead:

Cave­men and Vik­ings for seven to eight-yearolds ●●Nor­mans for eight to nine-year-olds ●●Tu­dors and Stu­arts for nine to 10-year-olds ●●The Vic­to­ri­ans for 10 to 11-year-olds.

About 13 years later the head­teacher re­tired.

Un­stead was dis­con­tin­ued and teach­ers were forced to im­ple­ment a new way of teach­ing his­tory us­ing their own work­sheets.

Each term had a dif­fer­ent topic – e.g. Au­tumn term Vic­to­ri­ans, spring term the Aztecs, sum­mer term the Greeks. There was no log­i­cal sequence. As an ex­pe­ri­enced col­league said ‘ev­ery­thing that worked was re­placed by that which didn’t.’

On show­ing your let­ter to a friend, she said that she’d been in to com­plain to her chil­dren’s sec­ondary school be­cause her three chil­dren had vis­ited Styal Mill on three oc­ca­sions each dur­ing their years at school. I at­tended a talk given by a re­tired sec­ondary school teacher who had taught at a well re­spected school in Stock­port. He told of some exam an­swers he’d en­coun­tered.

‘Sir Fran­cis Drake had a large boat and cir­cum­cised the world’.

‘The Duke of Welling­ton had a mag­nif­i­cent fu­neral, he had lots of men to carry the beer.’

‘On our his­tory trip to York Min­ster we saw parts of the Min­ster not usu­ally seen by the pub­lic’.

‘Kings were al­lowed to have 500 wives. They were called por­cu­pines.’

RE wasn’t far­ing any bet­ter: ‘The first book of the Bi­ble is called Guin­ness.’

‘Noah built the ark, as­sisted by his wife Joan of Ark.’

‘Who was dis­mayed at the re­turn of the prodi­gal son? The fat­ted calf’ Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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