Visit the schoolroom
Compare how different school life was at the turn of the 19th century.
Between 1880 and 1888, children were obliged to attend school until they were 10 years old. In 1889 the age was increased to 12. The Victorians were the first to realise how important it was for people to learn to read and write. Therefore, there was great emphasis put on the three Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic.
Visit the schoolroom and compare how different school life was at the turn of the 19th century. Children had to learn so many things off by heart – they were not given paper (too expensive) to write on, but had to use slates which could be wiped clean after each lesson and reused later. Can you say your times tables? Can you complete the rhyme of the months?
Can you count on an abacus?