This drawing exercise is a page included in an infant’s book along with stories and illustrations. Drawing was considered a suitable pastime for children at home and at school. There were definite rules about how you should and should not draw, as this model of how to draw a goose shows.
While girls were taught home-making skills at school in the afternoon, from 1891 onwards boys were regularly taught drawing as it was considered to be a useful skill for jobs they might have in the future. They were taught technical drawing which involved precisely copying simple shapes, patterns and objects from a drawing copybook. They also practised drawing 3D objects such as pyramids and cones arranged on a table in front of them This did not leave much room for creative drawing as everyone’s work ended up looking much the same.
After 1880 all children from five to ten had to attend school. Because classes were so large, it was easiest if pupils all did the same thing at the same time.