On Thursday 3rd March, Primary 6a and 6b visited Scotland Street School as part of their Victorian interdisciplinary topic.
Scotland Street School was built in 1906 and was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is now a museum of Victorian, 30s and 60s classrooms.
In the morning, the children toured the museum and enjoyed seeing how schools used to be in the past. The best part was in the afternoon – they got dressed in authentic Victorian school uniforms and travelled back in time to have a lesson from a Victorian teacher. He was very strict and made all of the boys and girls address him as “Sir” and be absolutely silent when he was talking. The children learned sums and spelling by repetition and reciting. The children had to write on slate boards and use pen and ink.
The boys had to bow and the girls had to curtsey when they said Good Morning to the teacher.
The teacher also demonstrated how children would be punished by “getting the belt”.
At the end of the lesson, the teacher said that the new School Inspector wanted the children to learn poems and songs, so he taught them Queen Victoria’s favourite song:
Have a look at some of the photographs: