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Year 5 News - Victorian Times!

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Have you ever imagined what school was like in the Victorian Era? If you have, you should have joined Y5 for their theme day today! This morning, by the magic of make-believe (and a lot of fun role-play), we were transported into a Victorian school room.

To start off with, you lined up outside of the classroom, and the boys were invited to enter first; the teacher was very kind and let you in, even though you didn't have a penny to pay for your education! As you entered, you stood behind your seats and the school teacher (Ma'am) instructed you to say the Lord's prayer and sing the national anthem to Queen Victoria's portrait which hung on the wall — we had to skip that part though as not many of us knew it, oops. The next step was to learn the rules! Did you know, you couldn't be left handed? Also, you couldn't ask questions, and you weren't allowed to speak unless you were spoken to. Handwriting was next on the list. You used chalks and slates (black paper) to practice your alphabet. Unfortunately, some of us were not neat enough and Ma'am made some children to wear the dunce's hat. After that, we moved onto Mathematics. You recited your times tables and wrote them down carefully on your slates. By break time, we were quite happy to say goodbye to Victorian schooling as it was definitely not for us. Luckily, the rest of the day was not so strict! After break, we played parlour games and we finished the day off by watching a film and doing our front covers.

Thursday also involved some fun role play! Mr Posniak, the newest member of our Year 5 team, taught us all about Emmeline Pankhurst. Mrs Pankhurst joined us and told us how important the Suffragette movement was and how 'Deeds, not words' were paramount. We learnt so many new things. Did you know that Emmeline Pankurst first became involved in campaigning for women's rights when she was only 14? Incredible! Thank you, Mr Posniak for such a fun and interesting lesson!

Throughout the rest of the week, we have been busy with Geography, Maths and study work. In Geography, we learnt about ordinance survey maps and eight points of the compass — this involved some practical compass reading too. In Maths, we finished our unit on adding and subtracting fractions. Next up is multiplying fractions!

Thank you to everyone for dressing up and making today such fun! And an extra thank you to those people who brought in some goodies for us to share too.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I look forward to seeing you on Monday,

Miss Pennance

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