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victorian school

Page history last edited by Aine McNulty 11 years, 3 months ago





Hello, you will be exploring work on the Victorian School. Any work will be expressed, exhibited and exchanged on this page.  Feel free to evaluate your group's work but remember to leave positive comments.


 Richard, Rachel, Aine, Conor     

Aine's work!



Victorian classrooms




  • Children in those days wrote with chalk on slate and they wiped it out with their spit and rubbed it out with their fingers.




Victorian Classroom





                                      Aine's work



There were several kinds of school for poorer children.


The youngest might go to a "Dame" school,run by a local woman in a room of her house.


The older ones went to a day school.


Other schools were organised by churches and charities.


Among these were the "ragged" schools which were for orphans and very poor children.








Arithmetic was performed with the help of a calculator, or the Victorian equivalent, the abacus.  


Those who practice with the abacus can perform calculations faster than their electronic equivalent!



abacus = a frame with rows of wires or grooves along which beads are slid,used for calculating.








After 1870, all children from five to thirteen had to attend school by law.


In winter in the countryside, many children faced a teeth chattering walk to school of several miles.


A large number didn’t turn up.


Lessons lasted from 9am to 5pm, with a two hour lunch break.












Victorian children had pounds, shillings and pence.







                                                           Fun facts



Children at boarding school were given horrid-tasting medicines such as brimstone and treacle.


Russell Hall





Discipline in schools was often strict.


Children were beaten  with a cane, on the hand or bottom.


A teacher could also punish a child by making them stand in the corner wearing a duce's cap .


Another, very boring, punishment was writing 'lines'.


This meant writing out the same sentence (such as 'Schooldays are the happiest days of my life') 100 times or more.



cane = a thin stick used by teachers to beat misbehaved children


dunce's cap = a hat children wore if the did something wrong perhaps they got a spelling wrong or was talking in class










  • Schools were not free until 1891. Up until then children had to pay to go to school.


  • Queen Victoria's reign brought many improvements to the education of children, especially for the poor children.


  • In 1833, the government awarded grants of money to schools. Not everyone who ran the schools were able to read themselves so the standard of education was not very good,



  • In 1844, Parliament passed a law requiring children working in factories be given six-half-days schooling every week. 'Ragged Schools' were set up to provide free basic education for orphans and very poor children.


  • There could be as many as 70 or 80 pupils in one class, especially in cities. The teachers were very strict. Children were often taught by reading and copying things down, or chanting things till they were perfect.


  • The children sat on hard wooden benches or chairs.



  • Typical lessons at school included the three Rs - Reading, WRiting and Dictation, and ARithmetic.  In addition to the three Rs which were taught most of the day, once a week the children learned geography, history and singing. The girls learned how to sew.




















       The day usually began with prayers and religious instruction. 


       Morning lessons ran from 9a.m. to 12p.m. 


       Children often went home for a meal, then returned for afternoon classes from 2p.m. to 5p.m.



















Victorians didn't use pens and paper they used ......



















                                                                      GETTING WHIPPED


Here are some resons for getting whipped by the cane .....


  1. Talking
  2. Being late
  3. Getting a spelling wrong
  4. For slow learning
  5. Writing with their left hand
  6. Forgetting their books
  7. Saying a Welsh word



The children that went to school had to bring in two pieces

of turf every week to heat the school.

Hope you liked my work on victorian schools                                        I really enjoyed my project


                                                                 By Aine McNulty 







Conors Work 


Victorian Punishments 



                               The Strap



With the strap you have to kneel down and bow your head and then the teacher will slap the back of your head with a strap.



                                                   The Log    


With the log you are meant to get a big heavey log and put it on your shoulders and carry it about all day.  This is a punishment for talking.                                    


                                                                                      The Cage 


With the cage you are meant to get into a basket and be hung from the top of the roof. This is a punishment for being very bad.





            • A school-house was the size of about half a hall                     
            • About 50-60 children were in a school-house 







                                                                                                    Rachel's work






 After 1870, all children from five to thirteen had to attend school by law. In winter in the countryside, many children faced a teeth chattering walk to school of several miles.

But alot did not turn up,and thier lessons lasted until 9am to 5pm, they had a 2 hour lunch break




                                      Items in school                 by Richard


The only things the victorian children had where a book and they had to write with a quill and they were in school for six hours of school and two hours for lunch. 

    number of schools



There were at least 56 schools in victorian times.



B2451 Victorian School for the Deaf, Prahran



                                  Days and money

When the children went to school they had to pay two pence to go to school each day.


Most of the children's mums or dads did not have much money so the children had to work on the streets.


Only rich parents could afford for their children to go to school.




 Play time 


 Outside is a small yard crowded with shrieking schoolmates.


Games of blind mans buff, snakes and ladders, hide-and-seek and hopscotch are in full swing.


Some boys would beg a pigs bladder from the butcher, which they would blow up to use as a football.

Others drilled hob nails through cotton reels to make spinning tops. 





The boys and girls didn't have a printer in school or a pc/laptop. So they had to write with a quill as a pen, but we now use a pencil and a rubber or a pen.


Victorian school child's writing pen, 19th century.



                           victorian school punishments



In victorian times most children in school where whiped by a cane and there where other punishment like...



  • Dunce's cap


  • The cage 











Comments (Show all 79)

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 5:07 am on Dec 6, 2011

i'm going 2 start mine now!!!!!!!!!!

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 5:11 am on Dec 6, 2011

Aine can i steal ur lock??????????????

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 5:12 am on Dec 6, 2011

because i have not started mine yet

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 5:27 am on Dec 6, 2011

come on Aine!!!!!:(

Aine McNulty said

at 5:51 am on Dec 6, 2011

hi rachel i finished now but could u do urs in the big space between mine and richards
girls got to stick together

Joe Cloughley said

at 6:35 am on Dec 6, 2011

Hey Aine,did u do all of this ur self!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????? If u did all this ur self ur group REALLY needs to get a move on =<

Niall Lennon said

at 9:44 am on Dec 6, 2011

weve barely did anyting either

Joe Cloughley said

at 6:37 am on Dec 6, 2011

Here,has any1 heard that song black and yellow?

Falon McLean said

at 6:45 am on Dec 6, 2011


Falon McLean said

at 6:46 am on Dec 6, 2011

aine great work
richard yours is great too

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 7:13 am on Dec 6, 2011

thanks Aine girls do stick together!!!!!!!

Andrea Fletcher said

at 7:18 am on Dec 6, 2011

i did not know they played blind mans buff
cause i play............ wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
great facts

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 7:48 am on Dec 6, 2011

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 7:46 am on Dec 6, 2011

thanks u 2!!!

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 7:48 am on Dec 6, 2011

i just read urs it is realy good

Katie Lennon said

at 8:19 am on Dec 6, 2011

i am starting mine right now. rachel great facts by the way

Connie Rogue said

at 8:27 am on Dec 6, 2011

like ur work aine

Niall Lennon said

at 9:41 am on Dec 6, 2011

we really needed to no dat ricard lol

Aine McNulty said

at 1:03 am on Dec 7, 2011

brilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll work

Eimear Conway said

at 2:32 am on Dec 8, 2011

brillllllll facts rachel
did you go to the sites as

Andrea Fletcher said

at 7:32 am on Dec 8, 2011

you put
a link up from
were you got the facts

Erin Cranney said

at 9:47 am on Dec 8, 2011

great work guys Richerd you have a few spelling mistakes I'll underline them for you so you can change them

Aine McNulty said

at 12:58 am on Dec 9, 2011

great work everyone richard u have a few puntuation mistakes i'll under line in red

Sarah Bohan said

at 4:31 am on Dec 9, 2011

Great work,Aine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Bohan said

at 6:39 am on Dec 9, 2011

Rachel your work is briiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiillllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! :) :) :)

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 5:26 am on Dec 13, 2011

thanks Sarah u 2 :):):):):):):)

Falon McLean said

at 4:26 am on Dec 16, 2011

great work everyone
Aine like the way u ewxplained difficult words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rachel Hand-Toombs said

at 6:02 am on Dec 17, 2011

thx Falon :):):):):):)::!!!!!!!!

Aine McNulty said

at 3:54 am on Dec 18, 2011

thanxs falon i like urs too :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Aine McNulty said

at 3:59 am on Dec 18, 2011

richard you have some mistakes i'll put them in red
connor what happened to ur work ???

Conor Morgan said

at 1:03 am on Dec 20, 2011

Conor Morgan said

at 1:04 am on Dec 20, 2011

Conor Morgan said

at 1:04 am on Dec 20, 2011

Conor Morgan said

at 1:06 am on Dec 20, 2011

Great work everyone

Conor Morgan said

at 7:03 am on Dec 20, 2011

Aine could you please come off your work, so I can do mine
because I haven't got mine done

Conor Morgan said

at 7:07 am on Dec 20, 2011

Sorry Aine but I am going to steal your lock :(

Aine McNulty said

at 4:31 am on Dec 21, 2011


Conor Morgan said

at 4:43 am on Dec 21, 2011

Aine im going to steal ur lock

Andrea Fletcher said

at 1:07 am on Dec 22, 2011

aine your work is brillllllllliant!!!!!

Eimear Conway said

at 1:22 am on Dec 22, 2011

aine love the work it is amazing
love the glossary

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