Today, we travelled back in time, back to 1913, in fact.
The children dressed in “old-fashioned costume”, played games which required no electricity and listened to an imposing schoolmaster, Mr Keith Baverstock (in those days, teachers did most of the talking).
Mr Baverstock arrived with chalk and slates, ink and ink pens, to give the children a taste of what a classroom 100 years ago might have been like. Much value was then placed on neat handwriting.
Mr Baverstock told us that a single teacher would sometimes have to manage more than 100 students. Discipline was therefore severe: desks were all arranged facing the front to discourage children from talking, or even glancing at each other. In primary grades, they would be given the strap if their work or behaviour fell short of the mark. Click here for more.
We were all happy to return to our 2013 classroom but impressed by what we had experienced and heard.