Pupils at Old Dalby Primary School travel back in time to experience lesson in 1918

The class getting taught a lesson by John Hodgson aka Mr Strict PHOTO: Shanti Patman
The class getting taught a lesson by John Hodgson aka Mr Strict PHOTO: Shanti Patman
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Schoolchildren at Old Dalby found themselves transported back to 1918 when they had a lesson in the village hall which was transformed into its original use as a school.

Four classes of children attended the day to experience school as it was then thanks to the newly formed Old Dalby and Queensway Heritage Group who organised it.

The girls donned pinafores and bows and the boys starched collars to get into character. During the lessons, which included slates to write on, pupils were given an insight into World War One life by Mr Strict the head teacher and Miss Nice the assistant mistress.

Sitting on old school benches the children had to learn a poem, do some arithmetic and exercising before being told a story.

“Every child came back buzzing,” said Rosie Browne, head teacher of Old Dalby Primary School.

“Some even said they would prefer school in 1918!”

When children got back to school they wrote up their experiences. Their work will be displayed in Nether Broughton History Group’s World War One village hall exhibition on November 11.

Old Dalby and Queensway Heritage Group is now looking forward to their next meeting on November 21, in the village hall, at 7pm, when Tony Postle will give a talk on Old Dalby Depot.