Victorian Powys for primary  schools
Powys Digital History Project
         
Ystradgynlais
Victorian school life
 
  Lessons about lions and lead pencils !
 

All diaries of Log Books from Victorian schools include lists of subjects which teachers had to talk about in class during what were called 'Object Lessons'.
These included a strange assortment of everyday things like "Washing Day" and more unusual things like "Reindeer". Teachers had boxes of coloured cards with drawings of the 'objects', some of which would have seemed very strange to Welsh children in the days before television !

 
5th October
1896
 

This example is from the 1896 diary of Coelbren School:
"Object Lessons for Standards I, II, III. [classes 1 - 3]birds engraving
Lion, Reindeer, Birds, Wheat, Cotton Plant, Silver, Sun, Post Office, Rain, Matches, Snow, Silk, House Building, Knife, Paper, Gooseberry, A Railway Station, Washing Day, The Sea, and Lead Pencil".

The children probably knew a lot more about 'Rain' and 'Snow' than they did about 'Cotton Plant' !

Back to Ystradgynlais schools menu

 

Link to sources
Back to top
Go to Ystradgynlais menu
RDR