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PostPosted: 05 Jan 2019, 18:28 
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I was interested to see that next week's episode of Back in Time for School (BBC 2 series tracing the history of schooling from the 1890s to the present day), which covers the inter-war years, is going to include expecting pupils to take a nap in the middle of the day. Am I right in thinking that this is mentioned in one of the early Tyrol books? I vaguely remember once coming across it in some old accounts about my school, and being amazed because I'd assumed that it only happened at GO-type schools :lol: . I think everyone would just have messed about and chatted if they'd tried to get us to go to sleep in a classroom in my day!

I've also got it into my head that there's a book in which a new headmistress tries to enforce a midday nap, and the girls go mad about it, but I haven't a clue which author that was by, and I might have completely imagined it.

I'm assuming that the idea didn't last very long :lol: . I can't remember any mention of it in any later CS books.

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It was traditionally very much recommended for the youngest children ( 7 and under) and I seem to remember that we were supposed to have a 'rest period' at some point in the day in the 'infant section' of my junior school. The CS seems to have gone on forever with the idea, though I think the girls were allowed to read (various scenes where people squabble over books or deckchairs or who sits with who).

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I think everyone would just have messed about and chatted if they'd tried to get us to go to sleep in a classroom in my day!
Undoubtedly! My memories of it are that it took place in the hall, and I think it was the same in the CS - the whole point was to go somewhere different for it.


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My husband remembers them all lying down for naps when he first started school - would have been late 1970s


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Is it Monica Turns up Trumps where they each have a mattress for their rest period?


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All the kindergarten children and the first year infants in the Czech Republic still have a rest on mattresses every day. So up to age 7....

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Is it Monica Turns up Trumps where they each have a mattress for their rest period?


Ah, that must be what I was thinking of - thank you! I knew EBD mentioned it somewhere in an inter-war book :D .

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I remember up to about fourth class we used to be told to put our heads down on the desks and have a little rest, but it wasn't scheduled in or anything.


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We had to lie flat on our backs on rugs on the floor at my junior school, while we were read aloud to. We came across some fabulous books that way - Ballet Shoes was one, and The Good Master another. I think we may have had the sequel to the Good Master, too - the one set in the Great War, but my memory may be failing me on that.

In the Chalet School, most of the Island books and some of the Swiss ones mention a post-prandial rest of some kind, either on their beds or in deckchairs, either out-of-doors or in the Hall. Which they do seems to vary, book by book, but they certainly spend half-an-hour sitting or lying quietly, sometimes allowed to read or talk very quietly, sometimes not.


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Alison H wrote:
claire wrote:
Is it Monica Turns up Trumps where they each have a mattress for their rest period?


Ah, that must be what I was thinking of - thank you! I knew EBD mentioned it somewhere in an inter-war book :D .


I have just read Monica for the first time and she thinks the mattresses in her new school are more relaxing than the deckchairs and quiet chatting of her old school!

I also remember sometimes in primary school we were told to put our heads on the desk for a few minutes. Once somebody fell asleep but we were told to leave him.

In my primary school days, we had an hour and a quarter for lunch and most pupils went home. We had our main meal of the day then. Pupils not going home had school lunches in another school five minutes walk away. Packed lunches not an option.


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Our teachers read to us up to and including Year 8. It varied a bit depending on the teacher but the aim was the same. I think we even had bean bags and could sit elsewhere other than our desks one year.


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I suppose the mattresses in Monica were the fold-up beach kind. I don't think EBD thought out the logistics of storing 300-400 hundred deck chairs or mattresses indoors. I remember stacking chairs at the end of an assembly at my school was a long and cumbersome task.


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The school which Monica attended had very few pupils, as it was small and select, so not many mattresses were needed.

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In Infant school (1957-60), at the beginning of the afternoon session we had to fold our arms on the tables or desks and heads down, I can't remember whether I actually went to sleep or not, I suspect I did since I still do the same now!


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