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The Industrial Revolution is coming!


This term Pine Class will be learning about the Victorians.

We will be finding out about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian Classroom. We will have to make sure that we are all on our best behaviour, as punishments were unquestionably terrible!

We will explore a time when great minds thought up ingenious new inventions and created the things that today we take for granted such as: the electric light bulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet!

We will go back in time and discover a time when Victoria was Queen and life was tough for those who lived in the slums.

Week 1 - 23.4.19

We have had a great first week back after Easter. The children have really shown a keen interest in our new Victorian topic.


This week we have started reading our Class Text, 'Street Child' which is all about a young, poor boy (Jim) and his family and the problems they face in Victorian London.


We have also been learning lots of interesting facts about the differences between rich and poor people during the era, focusing on the lives of children. 


In English we are planning to write diary entries, in character as young, Victorian children, who have been sent away to work to help support their families. We have listened to the story of Martha a 1 year old housemaid, who has had to leave home to go and live and work in the Manor House.





Children as young as 5 years old were sent down mines, up chimneys and to work in dangerous factories to help them escape poverty. So many people lived below the poverty line, needing hep from the state, that the workhouses became overcrowded, leading to some children being sent away to the countryside as apprentices.

Perlethorpe Victorian School Trip 8th May

Today Pine class had a great experience going back in time to the Victorian era and having lessons in a Victorian classroom. Their teacher for the day, Mr Richards, explained that 'Cleanliness was next to Godliness' as he inspected their hands on entering the classroom.





All of the children were given names of children who had attended the school during Victoria's reign. We also learned how far the children would have had to have walked to school each day and the types of jobs their father's would have done on or near the estate.


After our hand inspections, we waited for Sir to invite us to sit down and were told of punishments we would have received if we did not follow the strict instructions and rules.

Lessons started with a prayer of thanks to the Lord and Lady of the manor, for providing us with an education.

Lessons consisted of the 3R's: reading, writing and arithmetic.  We read a poem about a Blacksmith, learned to write cursive Victorian script on slates and were then challenged to use ink pens, which we found really tricky!

However, we did persevere and managed to produce some great handwriting.