The Victorian era was a time of massive change. During this time, the British Empire expanded into many parts of Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Canada. Queen Victoria ruled over so many countries it was called ‘the empire on which the sun never sets’.
The reign of Queen Victoria was also a time of great inventions and changes in medicine, science and engineering. The development of machinery and railways revolutionised society and the economy, and sparked the Industrial Revolution, which soon spread around the globe. These changes affected the life of everyone in Britain.
Victorian innovations and discoveries helped make our world what it is today – but at what cost?
The Victorian Project Plan is a cross curriculum downloadable resource, to help pupils explore the lives of the rich, poor and more with a series of 20 themed classroom activities for use with Key Stages 2 and 3.
Activity 1: Reading in roles
Activity 2: Reading comprehension exercise
Activity 3: Victorian Explorers
Activity 4: The British Empire
Activity 5a: Victorian Timeline
Activity 5b: Long, long ago…
Activity 6: A new invention
Activity 7: Famous Victorians – Who said that?
Activity 8: Let us begin
Activity 9: Queen Victoria’s family tree
Activity 10: Royal children
Activity 11: The Industrial Revolution
Activity 12: ‘Darkest London’
Activity 13a: The workhouse and child labour
Activity 13b: Rights of the child P4C enquiry
Activity 14: Victorian money and maths
Activity 15: The cost of living
Activity 16: Making William Morris wrapping paper
Activity 17: Famous Victorians in medicine
Activity 18: Germ theory
Activity 19a: Cholera in Victorian London
Activity 19b: Avoiding cholera
Activity 20: Deadly diseases
The resource packs that accompany each activity include detailed instructions, worksheets, information factsheets, research resources, images and more.