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Y4 Term 6 Victorians - local area study

National curriculum content

To know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. To understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions, and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.

Lesson objectives

1: To discover when the Victorians lived, and to explore some of the major achievements of Victorian times.

2: To discover Victorian buildings in the local area, and plot these on a map.

3: To find out what life was like for poor people in Victorian times, and how Victorians dealt with poverty.

4: To explore Victorian newspapers and trade directories, and use them to deepen knowledge of the local area in Victorian times.

5: To decide whether an ‘at risk’ building is worth saving, and then plan a campaign to save a building that is at risk.


What we want children to know

  • When and how the Victorians lived by looking at evidence
  • The changes during Victoria’s long reign
  • Criteria for why something is significant


 What skills we want children to develop

  • Ask perceptive questions, think critically, and weigh up historical evidence
  • Comparing and plotting points on a map
  • Persuasive speaking and writing



Emigration, workhouse, maltings, model town, mangle, significance, industrial, poor law, butler