St Albans pupils take a trip back to Victorian times

CHILDREN at a St Albans primary school donned Victorian costume to mark the end of a history week.

Learning about Victorian life at St Michael’s JMI School followed a look at the Romans and Tudors in previous years.

Among the activities was a trip up to the old courtroom in St Albans for the older children who re-enacted cases which were heard there in Victorian times and a chance for Year 4s to find out what it was like to go to school in Victorian times with a trip to the Abbey Education Centre.

There they experienced the traditional classroom, complete with dunce’s hat and cane, while younger pupils rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty, preparing the school as if for a visit from Queen Victoria.

On the final day local residents and parents were invited into the school to find out what the children had learnt and see them and staff dressed up in Victorian costume.

Head teacher Sarah Hinchliffe said that parents commented on how excited their children were about going to school and added that there was “a real buzz in every class!”