05:06AM, Friday 20 September 2013
Pupils and teachers in Twyford partied like it was 1888 to celebrate Polehampton Infant School's 125th birthday on Wednesday.
The Hermitage Drive school's pupils and teachers dressed up to mark the occasion and had special lessons to experience what life might have been like when it opened.
Event co-ordinator Joy Winthrop said: "It's marking a special occasion, giving them a little taste of what it might have been like to be a school child in 1888 and have some fun at the same time.
"Hopefully they'll go home with a special memory."
Each classroom was rearranged so desks were set up into rows, and pencils and paper was swapped for slate and chalk.
To start the day, pupils joined together to learn and sing the national anthem and practice drill exercises as their counterparts would have done all those years ago.
The focus of lessons was history and learning about the school's founder, Edward Polehampton, and a day in the life of a 19th century pupil.
At break time, some of the teachers patrolled the playground with canes, although there was no danger of the children experiencing any Victorian-style discipline.
The whole school had its fingers crossed that the weather would hold out for lunch everyone could enjoy a picnic outside, with a cake provided by the school's Parent Teacher Association.
Headteacher Becca Perkins said "All the pupils have dressed up and gone to a lot of effort. It's lovely.
"The PTA deserve a big thank you for their amazing cake to feed everyone and the staff."
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