Upper Shell Enjoy Victorian School Day
On Thursday 5th October, Upper Shell pupils, teachers and parents stepped back in time to the year 1887, visiting the British Schools Museum in Hitchin and experiencing what life was like for Victorian School children. The pupils had a strict lesson on the importance of the three R's, with some unfortunate enough to receive the Dunce Cap and a 'caning'. Arithmetic was very different, trying to add together pounds, shillings and pence, whilst handwriting was almost impossible with the ink pen and blotting paper!
After the lesson pupils enjoyed a tour of the Headmaster's house, which was very interesting and full of artefacts. Next was a Victorian Drill, a form of exercise that children of the time would have followed, and some much needed playtime with toys of the time.
An insightful and inspiring day into how much has changed at School since these times.