In the 1870s the school year started on the first of November, and was divided into quarters for accounting and statistical purposes.
When our records begin, in 1874, the girls and boys were taught separately - girls by Mistress L. Woodward, and boys by the Master, Mr C.R. Woodward. The girls studied Needlework which included “Plain sewing, Mending, Darning, Knitting and Macking” (which used canvass), but not crochet, and were examined and helped by Mrs Percival the Trustee's wife, and later by Miss Percival.

An annual inspection was undergone and the HMI reports appear each year in the Logbook. In 1879 the new HM Mr Crowe arranged for the children to sing for the inspection: Here is a list of the songs:

(1) Herald of Spring
(2) The River
(3) The Kite
(4) Before all Lands
(5) Winters Departure
(6) Try Again
(7) Holiday Song
(8) The Hardy Norseman
Number in Song Book


He introduced new Reading Books, Grammars and Geographics into the school, and in 1883 was teaching History as a class subject as shown in the first recorded syllabus for the school.
In the 1890s, the Infants were taught Elements of Reading, Writing and Number and Varied Occupations, and Object Lessons chosen by their teacher.
Here is a list of Object Lessons;
The Upper classes’ lessons included Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, Singing, Map Drawing (boys only), Copy Books, Spelling, Geography, History, and Needlework (girls only). They studied a different selection of poetry each year, for example in 1893/4
The Foolish Mouse Father’s Return

Saying and Doing
The Cripple Child

The Wind in a Frolic
The Three Fishers

Hiawatha’s Hunting
Loss of the Birkenhead

Scene from Julius Caesar
Standard I

Standard II

Standard III

Standard IV

Standards V, VI and VII

Chas Kingsley


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