Victorian School

Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2


  • Children will be able to explain some of the similarities and differences between schools now and in Victorian times.
  • Children will be able to experience the life of a child from Victorian times.
  • Children will begin to develop an understanding of change, consequence and make connections with their own lives.

Ever wondered what school was like in Victorian times? Using our Learning Centre, children will have the opportunity to experience elements of Victorian school life. Travelling back to 1901, you will be met by your ‘teacher’, who will tell you about life in Victorian times, present costumes to you for your school lesson and inspect you! Children will have the opportunity to practice their writing and arithmetic skills on slate and see what kinds of toys children may have played with in Victorian times. Children will be encouraged to think about the similarities and differences between schools back in Victorian times and their own.

Previous Comments

The children loved being immersed in a Victorian classroom experience. They loved practising Victorian handwriting on the slates and learning lots of information about what would have happened to them in that era. It brought history to life. The lady who ran the session was very strict but very funny - the kids really responded to her.

Heatherley Primary School

Session length: 45-60 min.
Cost: £2 per child.

National Curriculum Links


Key Stage 1 & 2

  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections.
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts and understanding the connections between local, regional, national…social history.
  • a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods, for example, Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria.

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