The Olden Day Kids!
Learning how to use the pen and ink.
We are doing so well!
Hi Prep families and friends,
On Monday we had an Olden Day Lady named Mrs. Sargood come and visit us. She asked us many questions and she told us what school was like in the Olden Days. Here are some things we learnt:
In the Olden Days school was very different to school today, some schools only had one big classroom with 150 students.
Some teachers were nice but some were very strict and mean.
Before you could come into the classroom the teacher would check your hands and finger nails. You could not come into the room if your hands and nails were dirty.
The student’s wrote with chalk and chalk boards. They rubbed their work off when they were finished, so they couldn’t keep their work.
The students used pen and ink to learn to write letters. We tried writing with pen and ink. It was fun!
If small children were naughty the child would be put into a basket. A rope would be tied to the basket and the teacher would pull the rope. The basket would be pulled up in to the ceiling and the student would sit in the basket near the rats, mice, spiders and the dust.
If you were naughty the teacher would smack you with a cane. The boys got a smacked on the knuckles and the girls got smacked on the palms of their hands. The children felt very embarrassed and upset.
Some teachers put a special cap on the naughty child’s head. It was called the dunces cap. It was black with a D written in red on it.
Some teachers would throw books at the students and hit them on the head.
The children would go home for lunch and then the teacher would ring a hand bell to tell the children to come back to school as lunch time was over.
Children needed to sit up straight and would sit in rows at their desks. If you did not sit up straight a log was tied to your shoulders to keep your back straight.
Some children did not go to school. At the age of 5 or 6 years they would go to work from early in the morning until late at night. All the money the children would get went to their mum and dad.
Queen Victoria was the Queen of the day and our state Victoria is named after her. Queen Victoria wanted all to know how to read and write.
Queen Victoria would send her letters on a sailing ship to Australia. It would take 3 months for the letters to arrive in Australia.
You were not allowed to live on the streets. If you did not have a home you were put in jail as it was illegal.
We are so glad we do not live in the Olden Days!!!!