Lessons - The Victorians

The Nuffield Primary History project developed a range of approaches and techniques for doing history with children, between and 1991 and 2009. The resources produced by the project are all real lessons which have been taught by real teachers. They include guidance on teaching and examples of children's work. Many of the lessons have been developed by teachers as part of their continuing professional development. A narrative style was used to describe the lesson and what happened. Read more

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  • Resources for courses: ideas for your history curriculum

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    In times of tight budgets and with the new financial year on the horizon in April, now might be a good time to look at different ways to resource your history curriculum effectively. Alongside all the resources for teachers available from Primary History and the HA website, the following list...

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  • EYFS Medium Term Plan - Toys and Games

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    This EYFS Medium Term Plan is based around the theme of Toys and Games. It is designed to give teachers and early years practitioners different starting points for learning about the past, across all areas of learning. The activities could be led with a whole class or as small group...

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  • Victorian Britain: short lessons and exemplars

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    Please note: these resources pre-date the current National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. A series of lessons, exemplars and guides to help you teach your students about Victorian Britain.

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  • Victorian Britain: a brief history

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    Victorian era | Questions | Industrial revolution | Social reforms | Empire | Teaching the Victorians | Citizenship | Victorian achievements | Key concepts < This resource is free for everyone For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and...

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  • Introducing the Empire through coins

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    This coins lesson introduces children to the complex and controversial subject of the British Empire in a practical, hands-on way. (These resources are attached below) The lesson can stand alone or form an introduction to an in-depth study of empire, immigration and emigration. It overlaps usefully with geography and citizenship....

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  • Investigating Victorian mining disasters

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    In this series of lessons about two mining disasters, I integrated learning in history, literacy and ICT. As the children are an able group, I intended to challenge them to explore primary written sources, to identify differences between them, to reconstruct family groupings affected by the second disaster, to give...

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  • Brunel and Clifton Suspension Bridge

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    The focus for this literacy hour lesson was a picture, used as a text. (These resources are attached below) The literacy hour genre was non-fiction. In it we studied a specific Victorian, the engineer Brunel, and his effect on Victorian Britain. This we introduced through a pictorial text. The Victorian...

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  • Famous People: Florence Nightingale (KS1)

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    The life of a famous person from the past and why she acted as she did Florence Nightingale: her life, why she went to the Crimea, and what happened as a result of her work. Cross-curricular work: this lesson stretches and challenges all children, regardless of their ability, whilst teaching...

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  • Victorian child labour in textile factories

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    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...

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  • Victorian child labour: slate mining

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    Download Resources 1 and 2 as well as the teachers' notes.  Resources 1 gives you the paragraphs for the children to cut up. Resources 2 has the frame which children stick the paragraphs on (enlarge this to A3), plus a sample to show you what the end result should be....

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  • Children in Victorian Britain: Down the Mine

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today In these sessions we see the power of story to...

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  • Houses: Artefacts from the past (KS1)

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    In these lessons we investigated real objects from late Victorian times. The aim was to enable the children to become more independent in their learning and to extend their literacy. The two lessons described formed part of a Year 1 topic on houses and homes in the past. The children...

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  • Detectives: what were schools like in the past?

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    In this lesson we asked what clues (objects and pictures) can tell us about the past. How were schools in the past different from ours? (Resources attached below.) The objectives were: To introduce the children to the idea of history as detective work. To help the children to make comparisons...

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  • Grace Darling

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    I taught a short history topic on Grace Darling, using a painting as the main focus, to encourage evidence-based learning. The painting depicts Grace and her father rowing towards the rocks where the remains of the Forfarshire are resting, with the lighthouse in the distance. The speaking and listening elements...

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  • Local study: Fulwell Windmill

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    Please note: This article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and references may be outdated. The lesson formed part of a local study of Fulwell and Fulwell Windmill in Sunderland. It could also be taught as part of the Victorian Britain Study Unit. The children had already looked at maps and...

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  • Children in Victorian Britain: Henry at boarding school

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    In this lesson children pursued an historical enquiry, raising questions and using original sources. They gained an understanding of conditions in early nineteenth-century boarding schools. They read and interpreted difficult and challenging texts, and developed their understanding and use of the persuasion genre. Boarding schools Many children have read well-known...

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