Planning a Victorian School Day

Primary History article

By Barbara Sands, published 1st December 2004

Learning is more engaging and better retained when it is contextualised and when it appeals to a variety of learning styles. How better to bring history alive, than by having it invade children's school environment and transform their everyday experience? Getting away from predominantly auditory learning, the printed word and sedentary video delivery to live a moment in history. Just entering the search words 'Victorian School Day' into a search engine, or opening your local newspaper will indicate the popularity of this particular delivery of the Key Stage 2 unit What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain? Individual school websites with photographs and recounts of VSDs proliferate, and enthusiastically affirm the benefits and enjoyment of this approach to history in the curriculum.

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