VISIT TO YSGOL MAESTIR AT THE MUSEUM OF WELSH LIFE, ST. FAGANS
Years 5 and 6 visited the Museum of Welsh Life at St. Fagans on Wednesday, May 8th as part of our work on the study of a Victorian School. As Tumble School is celebrating its centenary this year, the visit to Maestir School proved to be an exciting experience.
The children dressed up in Victorian schoolwear for a role-play session under the guidance of Miss. Thomas, headmistress of Maestir School.
The role-play enabled the children to get a taste of life in a school like Maestir back in the late 19th Century. The hands-on practical side of the visit proved invaluable and enabled pupils to carry out a drill exercise on the school yard, write with pen and ink, learn about the 'Welsh Not', sing together following the tonic Sol-Ffa, chant multiplication tables, read together and spell words from the reading sheets.
They realised how strict the teacher was in those days because discipline had to be kept at all times. English was the language of education at the time even though all the pupils were Welsh speaking.
Hearing the teacher use words such as ..."Silence is Golden," "Children should be seen and not heard," "Empty Vessels make most noise" told the children so much of what life was like at Victorian schools.
The visit proved extremely popular with the staff and pupils - a fantastic experience.