Using a Victorian census to discover what life was like 100 years ago SMART TASK

There are 4 separate ways of approaching this topic, each becoming increasingly more ambitious. Stage 1 onky is featured below.  Stages 2 and 4 are suggestions using your own local resources. There are no resources for these.

Stage 1: Featured here, for younger children needing some structured support and working with census details for just one family.

Stage 2: Working with a few households, from another census, comparing ‘then and now’ from a fashionable London street where houses are now cost £7million. But who lived there 100 year ago and were these Victorians as rich?? Pupils investigate with a little guidance. This lesson is based on an interactive facility on the National Archives’ site.

Stage 3: Children search a pre-prepared database  to look for patterns and to test hypotheses e.g. the most popular job, the age children started and finished school, life expectancy.  .

Stage 4: Pupils use a census from their own locality to create and interrogate their own database.  I give advice on how to structure this

Stage 1: Can we use a census to solve the mystery of the famous family in the photo?

Step 1

Start by introducing a mystery.  Children may be familiar with the

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