Youngsters at Mapperley Primary School got into costume to experience Victorian times.
First there was a worship which started with the national anthem, followed by several very long Bible readings.
After that, children were asked to recite times tables and poems, and copy out the alphabet and the same poems in copperplate handwriting. Some of our older children recited William Wordsworth and Matthew Arnold poems.
In the afternoon, boys did drill practice, in the cold and the girls did embroidery, whilst there were a few pupil teachers who assisted the younger children. Everyone was called by their surname, and teachers were either ‘Sir’ or ‘Ma’am’, and they were very strict.