The Olden Days

12 Jun

This term our hisory unit is titled ‘What was school like for Grandma?”

We have been researching the question and wrote questionaires to our Grandparents asking them a few questions about their school days.

This week we held a “School in the Olden Days” morning.  The students helped me plan the morning using all the information that we had discovered throughout our unit.

For this weeks  Five for Friday teacher post I’m going to show you what we got up to on our “Olden Day” morning.

  1. We sat in rows: Nearly every Grandparent told us that their desks were arranged in rows facing the front. The students were so excited when we moved our round tables into rows (there were a few unimpressed students sitting in the front row – as we had learnt that the naughty kids sat up the front).IMG_4343
  2. Desk Work: We sat at our desk for over an hour straight (which is something we never do) doing book work, making sure we sat up straight, didn’t call out or talk! We did sneak in watching a short BTN movie about school in The Olden Days on our Interactive Whiteboard!IMG_4344

  3. SchoolYard Games – Our Grandparents provided us with an extensive list of schoolyard games to play.  We choose 3 – Drop the Hankie, Elastics and Red Rover.  The Drop the Hankie game did lead to some interesting discussion on what exactly is a Hankie!!IMG_4345 IMG_4346
  4. Artifacts – As part of the students Show and Share students bought in items that Grandma/Grandpa had when they were young.  We had a pretty impressive collection to examin.  The Chamber Pot was an interesting discussion!!IMG_4348 IMG_4349
  5. Fun Rotations – We finished the morning with activity rotations that included writing on a slate, olden day dress ups, playing marbles and an artefact study.  The students spent about 6 mins at each station before moving on.IMG_4356 IMG_4354

Well that’s a wrap……….until next week when we have our Grandparent morning!

Because it’s Friday I am linking up with FLOG YOUR BLOG FRIDAY


3 Responses to “The Olden Days”

  1. Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy 13/06/2014 at 8:08 PM #

    Oh gosh, some of those things make me feel old! I remember sitting in rows, sitting for an hour or more, playing marbles, elastics and red rover!

  2. Bec @ The Plumbette 13/06/2014 at 8:57 PM #

    I loved learning about how children learned in the ‘olden days’. I remember practicing spelling on the chalk board and was thankful that we used lead pencils and exercise books for writing!

  3. Emma Fahy Davis 13/06/2014 at 9:42 PM #

    We’re lucky enough to have a heritage schoolhouse about 200m from the girls’ school so they get to go on an excursion up there and participate in olden day school activities in Year 2. It’s great fun!

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