Petty schools

Both boys and girls, from the age of five, were usually taught the reading and writing of English at a petty school. The teacher also ensured that by the time they were seven pupils would know the catechism. Stratford seems to have been well provided for in the matter of educating its very young children, several benefactors having given gifts of land or money to ensure that they had at least this elementary schooling.

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Mount Joy Schoole of Boys
Details of Elizabethan spelling, vocabulary and pronunciation at an imaginary sixteenth-century petty school. From the Virtual Renaissance web site for high school students.

The Life of a child in Elizabethan England
Background on sixteenth-century children's clothing, their role at home, and their games. Also from the Virtual Renaissance site.