The Great Exhibition of 1851: teaching a significant event at Key Stage 1

Primary History article

By Heather de Silva, published 22nd June 2022

The Great Exhibition of 1851

The Great Exhibition allows pupils to consider the impact of a particular event. The exhibition provides a means to look at Britain’s wider role in the world and social and technical developments such as the impact of the railways. Pupils can explore a variety of sources, consider the substantive concepts such as daily life and technology as well as looking at social changes locally and globally at Key Stage 1.

The Great Exhibition can enable pupils to consider Victorian Britain, exploring ideas of trade and empire. Pupils can be introduced to ideas of diversity and representations of countries within the empire. By studying the exhibition, pupils can explore the Victorians at leisure and the importance of changes in technology and science, including the railways...

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