Victorian Britain

KS2 Life in Victorian times outstanding lessons

Teaching the Victorians under the current history curriculum. Incredibly Gove has deemed that Life in Victorian times should not be a compulsory part of the KS2 history curriculum. So we need to find imaginative ways round this. Here are three to consider:

1 Make it the focus of your local history study. Build up some census return data on a database and make it a vehicle for some great ICT work, asking and answering questions and raising and testing hypotheses.
2. Make it the focus of your thematic study e.g. development of the railways for example
3. Carry on teaching it outside the National Curriculum. This does not mean extra time for history. You gain time by shaving a little off the other units.

There is just so much good planning, teaching and resourcing of the Victorians going on in schools today that we can’t throw it all out on a Gove’s whim. The outstanding lessons below continue to prove what can be done with this exciting topic.

New lesson May 2020

Landing soon is a really cool highly visual lesson on the Victorian workhouse. Starting with a clip from Oliver pupils work as history detectives to infer from 8 differentiated sources what workhouse life was like. Then through the lens of one inmate Harriet, pupils have to work out what her story tells us about workhouse life. They conclude by creating speech bubbles to summarise the arguments for and against the New Poor Law.

Subscribers can request the lesson and full set of resources while we are clearing copyright.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this not a compulsory unit we have not aligned the lessons as closely with the planning so please bear this in mind. Not everything on the planner will have a lesson or a smart task.

What the Dickens was life like in the Victorian cities?

This lesson makes extremely good use of a technique called creative tension. Pupils listen, with their eyes closed, to a spoken description which they then have to visualise in their heads. When they open their eyes they discuss what they saw in their mind's...

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Climbing boys enquiry SMART TASK

This enquiry falls into five parts:

A selection of four related enquiry tasks which encourage pupils to explore and then evaluate evidence about the life of a climbing boy. The evaluative task is particularly suitable for the gifted and talented working at level 5...

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The Victorian Era: Dark Age or Golden Age?

This is the concluding lesson on the Victorians.  It starts with a plate and a poster commemorating the achievements of Victorian Britain to set it in an international context.  Pupils are then invited to weigh up the bad aspects of the reign before arriving...

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