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Women in my family

by Laura Rodzeń

The results of my research into the past of some women in my family.

 

 

My great grandmother My grandmother My mum Me
Year of birth 1927 1952 1974 2004
Year of starting school 1934 1959 1980 2010
Beginning of the school There was the first class. There was the first class. There was the class ‘zero’. There was the class ‘zero’.
School timetable Lessons were from Monday to Saturday. They began at 8:00 and lasted until 14:00 or 15:00. Lessons were from Monday to Saturday. They began at 8:00 and lasted until 14:00 or 15:00. Lessons were from Monday to Friday. They began at 8:00 and lasted until 14:00 or 15:00. Lessons are from Monday to Friday; they start at 8:00 or 9:00 and last until 13:00 or 14:00.
Grading scale from 2 to 5, sometimes 0 from 2 to 5 from 2 to 5 from 1 to 6
Corporal punishment Corporal punishment was widely used. It was the beating the hands, kneeling on peas/sand, closing in  so-called ‘goat’ (pupils had to stay at school after classes and study). Corporal punishment was widely used. It was the beating the hands, kneeling on peas/sand, closing in so-called ‘goat’. Corporal punishment was becoming less common but still used, especially by the old teachers.
Most often it was hitting hands with a ruler.
Corporal punishment is prohibited.
The best school memories Music and PE lessons! I liked also the time spent with my classmates. the May Day parades the fact that we all wore the same school uniforms: they were blue aprons with white collars and the school emblem; it gave us a sense of equality and unity School trips! I also like time spent with my peers at the break.
The worst school memories The worst memory is the fact that my education at school was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II.
Also, a long way to school. The worst was winter, when it was necessary to overcome the cold snow drifts.
The worst memories is holidays and holiday breaks, because I had to spend them working on the farm. The worst memory is corporal punishment. Tests!
School subjects Maths, Geography, History, Biology, Music, Technology, Art, Polish, RE, PE Maths, Geography, History, Biology, Music, Technology, Art, Polish, RE, Russian, PE Maths, Geography, History, Biology, PE , Music, Technology, Art, Polish, Russian, Defence training and RE (RE was after-school class held in the church) Maths, History, Music, Technology, Art, Polish, RE/Ethics, English, ICT, PE, Family Life Education, Nature

School trips and

extracurricular activities

There were various hikes:  hiking in the forest or by the lake. We had after school drama club. There were no school trips. As part of the compulsory classes, there were organized trips to the State Farm several times a year, and we helped in field work, e.g. we picked up stones or helped in the harvest. There were trips to museums or important historical places.
We went to the forest district to plant trees as well as to the State Agricultural Farms.
There were some after school clubs and remedial classes but to a limited extent.
There are organized trips to various places, e.g. to the cinema, to the theatre, to the forest.
There are various after school clubs and remedial classes.
Free time I spent free time working on the farm and caring for younger siblings in the first place. After completing all the obligations, it came time to play with my peers.
I remember summer trips to the lake. In winter, we had fun playing in the snow and riding sleighs.
I spent afternoons doing homework. My obligations included feeding animals and milking cows. I liked reading books but there was no electricity so I could not do this in the evening. I remember playing with my peers and making toys for ourselves. I spent my free time playing with friends from the neighbourhood. We had trips to the lake, we rode our bikes, we had bonfires where we baked potatoes and sausages. We also had scouting activities. I had a small household chores. I share my free time between playing with my peers and developing my interests and passions. I often visit interesting places with my parents. My duties include taking care of my room and caring for my dog.
Eating habits Basic food was the products that were available or produced in our farm.
Breakfast: milk, bread with butter or sugar.
Second breakfast: a sandwich and fruit. In the winter children were given some food at school: milk, cocoa or chicory coffee, sometimes some cookies or bread.
Lunch: soup, sometimes meat (poultry or beef) and fish. Afternoon snack: a slice of dry bread; in the summer – fruit from the orchard.
Dinner: soup, potatoes, milk, porridge.
Basic food products were available or produced in the household.
Breakfast: dry bread and milk
Second breakfast: sandwich with cottage cheese, lard, egg. In the winter children were given some food at school: soup, milk, flour products, e.g. pasta with apple, rice pudding etc.
Lunch: usually one-dish: it was soup or broth.
Meat or fish was usually once a week, on Sunday.
Afternoon snack: bread with sugar, honey, season fruit from the orchard.
Dinner: bread with milk.
The availability of products in the shops was higher so we could have meals vary according to taste.
Breakfast: eggs, sausage, cold cuts, bread, cocoa.
 Second breakfast: pastries, donuts.
In the winter children were given hot milk at school.
Lunch (two-course): soup,
meat, potatoes, salad, compote.
Afternoon snack: bread with cream and sugar, homemade pastries, fruit, sweets, pancakes.
Dinner: a sandwich with ham and tomato.
My parents try to make my meals consistent with the nutritional pyramid, which is optimally adapted to the needs of my health and development.
Breakfast: whole grain cereal products: bread or cereal with milk.
Second breakfast: on school days – a roll or croissant, at weekends - usually yogurt.
Lunch (two-course): soup,
fish or white meat and salad.
Afternoon snack: fruit, nuts
sometimes a candy bar or cake.
Dinner: dairy products and bread.
 
Based on the interviews, I can say that I am very fortunate that I live in an era in which the school has become more friendly to children. I am happy that adults help us in understanding the world, developing our passions and abilities and teach us, through the tasks such as this one, the respect for the history and the people who make the contemporary Poland such a nice place to live in and learn.

Comments   

0 #3 poland 2016-05-02 18:51
I like your work. It's interesting to read! Kirill, Estonia
0 #2 poland 2016-05-02 18:50
I am Ira, Estonia
great job!
0 #1 poland 2016-04-27 08:43
Hello! How interesting! David from Estonia

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