The Victorians

"It was the time of the world’s first Industrial Revolution, political reform and social change, Charles Dickens a railway boom and the first telephone and telegraph. However, the Victorian Era, the 63-year period from 1837-1901 that marked the reign of England’s Queen Victoria, also saw a demise of rural life as cities rapidly grew and expanded and long and regimented factory hours were introduced..." (

Technology & Design

Through our topic work, we found out that rich, Victorian children often enjoyed playing with dolls houses. These houses were very elaborate with each room hosting various pieces of handcrafted furniture.  As a class, we decided to create a modern version of a dolls house.

Each group designed and created a given room inside a shoe box.  We had time to discuss and sketch a plan of what we hoped our final design would look like.  Using various art materials including paint, wood and clay alongside tools such as hammers, saws and glue guns we set about constructing the rooms.  As you can see from the pictures, we have really enjoyed this project!  Keep an eye out for our finished dolls house...


In small groups or pairs, we worked hard to create a factual PowerPoint about Queen Victoria.  As a class, we talked about what makes an interesting PowerPoint and from this, we decided upon appropriate success criteria.  We presented and assessed our finished PowerPoints.  Following this, we used our peers' guidance to edit and improve our presentations.


During the Victorian era, we learned that silhouettes were the main way in which people could have a portrait created.  We attempted to create our own 'silhouette portraits' by sketching our side-profiles and then tracing these onto black card before cutting them out.  The finished portraits were placed into Victorian styled frames.