Autumn 2016: What was life like for children in Victorian Liverpool?

Why did people emigrate during this period?

In order to answer these questions about our local history, we will using historical resources such as non-fiction texts, photographs, historical maps and census information. 

St Charles’ has become the first Heritage School in Liverpool! 

Croxteth Hall Victorian Christmas on Thursday 8th December

Session 1: Asking questions and getting dressed to impress!

What questions would we like to ask about life in Victorian Liverpool?

Great questions start with :who, what, where, when, why and how

To get in the mood for learning about the Victorians, we considered some of their fashions.  We looked at photographs of Victorian ladies and used our detective skills to select appropriate articles for ‘Maddie’ to wear.  We were impressed by the results!

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 Session 2: What do Victorian buildings in Liverpool tell us about how Victorians thought?

Consider: The Florrie, Walker Art Gallery, Lime Street Station, Liverpool Workhouse, Albert Dock

Think about: encouraging commerce, intimidation, improving moral standards, encouraging self-improvement, leaving a legacy, making people safer, improving conditions, inspiring people, caring for people, displaying new technologies, educating people, creating a dependable workforce

Session 3: What was life like for poor children in Victorian Britain?

How old would children have been when they were sent out to work?  What were their pay and conditions?  How did working impact their lives?  Which job do you think would have been the worst and why?

Children at work       Working children         Child labour    

Session 4: What were some of the changes that took place for poor children in the 19th century?

What can we find out about significant individuals?  We will write a biography of Dr Thomas Barnardos and think about his influence in Liverpool and across the country.

Thomas Barnardo       The legacy of Dr Barnardos

Session 5: How were children’s lives changed by the Education Act? 

What must have it been like to have left the workplace to start at a Victorian school?  Let’s imagine the change in fortunes and write a diary entry about our experiences.

A Victorian Board School

Spring 2017: The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England?

Were the Vikings really vicious?

Hej! Och valkommen till alla!  Hello and welcome to everyone!  Year 6 are setting sail on a handcrafted wooden longship, to face the perils of the North Sea and land on the shores of Britain as they discover more about the Vikings!  Join us on our epic voyage as we delve into the world of our Scandinavian ancestors.

Some of the questions we will be asking:

 Where did the Vikings come from and how did they travel?  Where and when did they first arrive? What were the tensions between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings?  Who was Alfred the Great? What was Danegeld?  What was Viking life like?  How and when did England become a unified country?

In order to answer these questions about the Vikings in Britain, we will using historical resources such as non-fiction texts, re-enactments videos, pictures of old manuscripts, and photographs of artefacts. 

Interesting websites:

The Vikings – Woodlands Junior School      BBC KS2 Vikings        BBC Primary History Vikings