On Thursday 28th April 2017 the 1/2 classes and the EAL class went to Yarrabee’s Yesterday World. We were transported back 100 years and experienced what life was like back then. The boys had to have their shirts tucked in, no one was allowed to have their hands in their pockets and the adults were all called ‘Mam’. We began the day in an assembly where everyone had to stand to attention and sing God Save the King.
We saw what houses were like back then and learned that there was no electricity or running water. The students were showed how they did everyday things such as cook toast and how they made telephone calls.
We then spent time in a classroom where we did a writing lesson. We didn’t write on paper with a pencil like we would today. Instead we have a piece of slate and lead to write with. After our writing lesson we had to use our spit to clean the board! No blackboard/white board erasers for the students to use! The students were shown how they would have been punished if they were doing the wrong thing in class. 100 years ago, if students were talking when they weren’t supposed to they were made to poke their tongues out and hold them, coining the phrase “hold your tongue”. If students’ still weren’t listening they were made to stand with their noses pressed against the board. If a student got the lowest mark in their weekly test they were made to wear a dunce’s hat and stand facing the wall!!
During lunch times the students got to play with home made stilts out of cans and string and skipping ropes. After class the students got to play egg and spoon races and pancake flip races; games that were played in the olden days.
1/2 and the EAL student’s were fully immersed into what life would have been like 100 years ago. They learned a lot of things and loved their experience. Although I’d say there were very glad to be able to go home to their houses with electricity, running water, and Ipads!