Alfred and Mrs Peel (3) – A history lesson

This is the third in the series of Alfred and Mrs Peel.

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.” ~Edgar W. Howe



Mrs Peel knew Alfred well, having taught him previously, she knew all his little ways and recently, when giving the run down on certain pupils to the supply teacher, she explained about Alfred.


“He’s a good egg, but he tells it how it is, or perhaps I should say he tells it how Alfred sees it!”

It was Mrs Peel’s birthday and when one of her class asked how old she was, it was on the tip of her tongue to announce she was Twenty One. A glance towards Alfred soon changed her mind. They’d been here before. Was he raising his eyebrows, was that a knowing look on his face?  Mrs Peel also wondered who had told the class it was her birthday?

Last Christmas, It was the turn of Mrs Peel’s class to present the Nativity story, Alfred had been given the role of Joseph and appeared to be taking it all in his stride.

Joseph (Alfred)  knocked on the door of the first inn and spoke to the innkeeper. “We have travelled a long way to get to Birmingham,  av you got a room for us?”At the inn Alfred and Mrs Peel

The other children began to laugh. Mrs Peel shook her head and afterwards asked him “Alfred Why did you say Birmingham? You were supposed to be in Bethlehem!”

Alfred, quite unperturbed replied, “Me and me Mam went to Birmingham last week to me Nan’s and they dint have any room either!”

Yesterday, the children were learning about the Gunpowder Plot and the role of Guy Fawkes. At the end of the lesson, as Mrs Peel was conducting the plenary, she asked the class “So, who was trying to get rid of the king and the government?”

Quick as a flash Alfred’s hand shot up… “Nelson Mandela!” he enthusiastically shouted out.

“Alfred! Nelson Mandela  was last week!” Mrs Peel exasperatingly told him. “Was it? “answered Alfred, “Oh I thought we were doing history!”

© Sue 2017 In response to the Daily word-prompt EGG

Many thanks to daughter Sophie for her illustrations.

Alfred and Mrs Peel 1        

Alfred and Mrs Peel 2

The Plenary

  • Reviewing the main teaching points and summarising the key facts, ideas, methods and vocabulary.
  • Addressing the common errors or difficulties that may have arisen during the lesson.

10 thoughts on “Alfred and Mrs Peel (3) – A history lesson

    1. Thank you so much Ethel. I’m glad you enjoy Alfred’s tales. It’s nice to give him an outing now again.

      Oh and welcome back, I’m delighted to see you, a message will follow 🙂


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