Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School

"All smiles returned"




The Victorians played an influential part in creating new inventions that continue to change how we live today. One of these influential inventions included the light bulb, which was invented in 1879 by Thomas Edison. Blanchland class have been investigating how light works and conducting experiments to explore how light and shadows can be changed.  

Pupils were introduced to Victorian life by researching key images from the time period. Pupils discussed similarities and common themes - linked to settlement imagery - to gain further knowledge and understanding of what life was like during the Victorian era. Pupils continued to explore a wide range of Victorian literature to understand more about the social, cultural, historical and political context of this time period; pupils then created a range of writing from this - including a setting description.

Pupils worked in pairs and used their problem solving and reasoning skills to solve Maths questions relating to Queen Victoria. They used a combination of mental strategies and formal written methods, including conversion, to complete the multi-step problems.

Everyone had a great time at Preston Park Museum. We experienced what it would have been like to be a child in school during Victorian times and then were able to explore the Victorian street which included a blacksmiths, police station and a sweet shop. Kian said, “In the Victorian times the teachers were really strict – thank goodness they are not anymore!”

After exploring the text of Oliver Twist and looking at key features in a play, pupils created their own version of Dickens' classic novel. Changing key events within Oliver Twist (time period, setting and characters), the traditional story was transformed for a new audience.