The Victorians

A popular unit of study in Key Stage 2 has in the past been the Victorians. It is possible to continue to study the Victorians through either a local study or through a unit of study beyond 1066, although the emphasis now shifts to the Victorians representing a turning point. Given that so much reform and industrial change took place during this period, turning points are not difficult to find. In this section, you will find articles and resources to help you to plan to teach the Victorian period as a turning point. 

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  • Local significant individuals

    Multipage Article

    The National Curriculum specifies a local study both at Key Stages 1 and 2. Basing your local study around an individual is a great way to bring the heritage of your locality to life. Many of these individuals are part of larger national events and changes and seeing these changes at...

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  • A Victorian Christmas

    Multipage Article

    The Historical Association In Alliance With Association for Language Learning. Cross-Curricular Unit: Year 5/6 French and History. A Victorian Christmas.

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  • Podcast Series: Charles Darwin

    Multipage Article

    In this set of podcasts Project Director Professor Jim Secord and Associate Director Dr Alison Pearn of the Darwin Correspondence Project discuss the life, work and legacy of Charles Darwin.

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  • Historical Enquiries and Interpretations

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    Dr. Michael Riley started his session by showing a Key Stage 1 history reader called Orphan Mary. It told the story of a Victorian mill girl who injured her finger on machinery in a weaving shed. The story ended happily. Dr. Riley explained that when he had told the story...

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  • Victorian Britain: short lessons and exemplars

    Multipage Article

    Please note: these resources pre-date the current National Curriculum and some content may be outdated.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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  • Interpretation and poor Victorian Children

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on the portrayal of poor, Victorian children. While factual knowledge about conditions in workhouses is an essential component of the unit, the main focus is on contrasting portrayals of one fictional Victorian child, Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist. The unit creates opportunities to analyse examples of films based...

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  • How cruel were the Victorians?

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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 This unit centres on Victorian crime and punishment. While some...

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  • Living Museums and Victorian Britain

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    This unit centres on ways of portraying life in Victorian Britain.While factual knowledge of aspects of Victorian life in Britain are a vital component of the unit, the main focus is on exploring the way living museums present the period, taking into account their purpose and audience.This unit was originally...

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  • The Victorians

    Multipage Article

    The Topic Pack gives you a brief summary of the Victorians.

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  • Victorian Britain and the Victorian World

    Multipage Article

    This E-CPD unit has a number of possible focuses within the broader topic of Victorian Britain and the wider Victorian world.  This follows a pattern that is strong within the structures of the School History Project.  Each sub-topic needs to mirror what is best in history education at primary level, including...

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