The classroom is the standard school environment. It is where most of the academic instruction takes place. In primary schools there was one basic classroom, although there may be some specialized classrooms and facilities. . Sevondary schools have specialized classrooms. There are, however a wide range of activities conducted at the modern school, both inside and outside the classroom. These activities include the arts (at, dance, drama, and music) and athletivs (gym classes and sports. Many schools had a gym uniform. There was a variety of specialized uniform for various team sports. There are also a wide range of avtivities, often organizeds as clubs. Quite a number of schools sponsored youth group units such as Scouts. Some secondary schools have Cadet units. Boarding schools because they care for the children over a much longer period tend to have a much more extensive activity program, including free timw and play time for the younger children.
The classroom is the standard school environment. It is where most of the academic instruction takes place. The academic program and teaching methods are very similar is very similar to those in England, altothough Scotland is constitutionally a separate, but not independent country. In primary schools there was one basic classroom, although there may be some specialized classrooms and facilities. Secondary schools have specialized classrooms. There are, however a wide range of activities conducted at the modern school, both inside and outside the classroom. These activities include the fine arts (art, dance, drama, and music). Some of the fine arts program was conducted in the classrrom, at leat in the primary schools. There was more likely to be specialized rooms in the secondary schools. Some class room activities like art or science might require some sort of protective gear.
Some schools had pecial playwear so boys would not get their uniforms dirty when playing outdoors in their free time. Here boiler suits and wellies were commonly used.
Some secondary schools had Cadet units. Let us not assume that military training for boys is peculiar to the old Soviet Bloc countries. The idea of preparing school children for war may in fact be the British cadet program, although HBC does not have avery complete understanding of the program yet. The English program does appear to have been functioning in England during World War I (1914-18), just when the prigram began I do not yet know. Presumably it was the genesis for cadet program in colonial countries like Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. One British contributor reports, "I was trained at school from the age of 13 in military skills, including combat training, firing automatic weapons etc. although not compulsory, pressure was applied by the school to conform and few demurred. This was in Britain in the mid 1970s and is still going on."
All British schools, especially the private schools, are known for their active sports program. School sports in Scotland are very similar to school sports in England. Many schools had a general gym uniform used for a wide variety of sports and athletics. Most schools had a gym uniform for a variety of acttivities. In addition to the the gym uniform, there were also sports uniforms for rugby, football, and cricket. The private schools had elaborate sports uniforms. This was true of both the public and prparatoy schools. Part of the ehos of the public school was an emphasis on sport and even boys of limited ability were encouraged to participate. Sports were not as emphasized in state school, but we note that even state primary schools had some sports teams. We are not sure how common this was. We notice boys doing gymnastics in 1961. The white boxer shorts that the gymnastics used were also commonly used for a gum uniform. Some classess such as science or art may require some sirt of smock or protective clothing.
Many schools sponsored youth group units. The most common were Boy Scout Cub Packs or Scout Troops. Some schools, especially Church schools, may have also sponsored other groups such ads the Boys' Brigade or the Church Lads. These groups, however were more commonly sponsored by Churches than schools. We notice some of these units were particularly well uniformed.
School sports are perhaps the most widely known non-academic school activities. Schools sponsor, however, a wide range of other activities, including basketry, carpentry, chess, choir, computers, cooking, debate, dramatics, electronics, fishing, model building, music, railroading, rilfelry, and much more. The activities offer depend in part on the type of school. Some of these activities are associated with the academic program. Other activies are extra-curricular activities which are given varying degrees of emphasis at different schools. Some of these events required some specialized gear. The boys for others more associated with classroom activities commonly just wore their everyday school uniform.
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