Victorian child labour in textile factories

Lesson Plan

Christine Williams, Sefton, last updated: 10th January 2011

What was life like for workhouse children in the early nineteenth century?

The aims of the lesson were for children to:

  • gain an understanding of conditions in early nineteenth century mills
  • be able to read and interpret difficult and challenging texts
  • understand and use language appropriate to a committee of inquiry
  • pursue an historical enquiry, raising questions and using original sources.

Wanting to incorporate ICT and to extend a relatively able group within the year 6 class, I chose the SPARTACUS website, which provides a very good child labour simulation. Scroll down the home page to Child Labour 1750-1900.

The children explored the resource material on the site, and followed hyperlinks to find information about children in the Victorian textile factory.

(These resources are attached below)

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