WHEN GREAT-GRANNY / GRANDPA WAS AT SCHOOL

Our most popular lesson!

  • Grade: 4 – 3 hours
  • Grade: 3 – 2½ hours
  • Grade: 5, 6; 7

VENUE: THE EDUCATION MUSEUM
Local history: schooling in the Cape Colony between 1837 and 1911, done as a role-play in an authentic setting. Teachers are required to prepare their learners beforehand according to our Teachers’ Guide. After a baseline assessment using a variety of sources to determine what they know, the learners are taken through a typical 19th century school day in our recreated Victorian classroom using authentic learning materials of the time. This also gives them an understanding of heritage conservation. Depending on the time available or the requests of the teacher, the lesson may include social issues; behaviour; discipline; teaching methods; devotions; reading; spelling; proverbs; arithmetic; writing on slates or in copy books; inspection; object lesson; singing; drill; and playground games. The lesson ends with a debriefing, a discussion around human rights in the school and a final summative assessment.

A shorter version has been developed for Gr 3 and has proved very popular. It is only done in Term 3.

Curriculum Links:
Gr 4
SS History (Local History)
Life Skills: Performing Arts
Natural Sciences & Technology
Language
Mathematics

Gr 3
Life Skills: Beginning Knowledge – How people lived long ago

Preparation for the outing (For Download):
Final details PDF
Map PDF
Teacher’s Guide

Enter to Learn – Leave to Save

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