What was school like if you were five or six years old in the past? Discover the games of the playground and try out an infant lesson in the kindergarten.
This activity provides younger children (Reception and Key Stage 1) with a traditional school experience. The first half of the session will focus on playtime, the second on lesson time. Playtime will include singing circle games, hopscotch, and toys. When the bell rings, children will line up, one row of girls, one of boys. They will be taken into the kindergarten classroom where the lesson will include handwriting, using sand trays and slates, maths, using peg boards and drawing inspired by the nature table.
The activity will be led by a museum staff member in character as a Victorian teacher, who will explain that children are expected to work quietly and sensibly. They will, however, take a much softer approach than that adopted in the Victorian Lesson activity for older children offered by the museum!
This activity enables children to
- Understand what school life was like 100 years ago.
- Identify similarities and differences between school life today and school life in the past.
Target Age: Reception and Key Stage 1
Duration: 50 minutes
Group size: Full class
Season: All year