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Hi everyone! Great work last week on ‘Oceans’. It was particularly wonderful to see so many beautiful colours in your ocean pictures, they definitely brightened up my day! This week’s topic is the Victorians. 

Week Beginning: Monday 6th July 2020

Purple Mash

Don’t forget to keep logging into Purple Mash. Each week a new set of 2dos will be set for you to complete. There will be new ones released each day Monday-Friday and each 2do will be available for one week. Keep your eye out this week for lots of ‘Victorian’ related games and activities.  




Here are some challenges this week for you based on the 4 times table.

Challenge sheet 1            Challenge sheet 2          Challenge sheet 3                                          



There are lots of writing opportunities included in this week’s topic work below (e.g. postcard, diary entry etc.) so here is a reading comprehension activity instead of a further writing activity:

Read this information about Queen Victoria, who was the queen during Victorian times, and answer the questions using the information provided. Top tip – always refer back to the text before answering a question, even if you think you know the answer it is always best to double check!




Queen Victoria reigned for more than 60 years (20 June 1837 - 22 January 1901) so a lot happened during the Victorian Era. Have a look at this Victorian timeline  to see what changes and events took place. 



Watch this video to see how different schools were in Victorian times to how they are today. Using information from the video, this website and from your own research, to fill out this Venn Diagram to identify what is the same or different between a Victorian school and Tynsel Parkes school. Remember if it is the same for both then it will go in the middle of the Venn Diagram.


Seaside holidays

Modern beach holidays are very different from the types of holidays Victorians would have gone on. Listen to a story from Victorian times as Emily goes on her first seaside holiday and read this PowerPoint which highlights the ways that Victorians used to enjoy seaside holidays.

Pretend that you are a Victorian child on a seaside holiday and write a postcard to a friend or family member back home, describing what you have been doing. You can use this template if you would like to.  



Have you ever heard the famous phrase ‘Please Sir, I want some more’? Well this was uttered by Oliver Twist in a book written by Charles Dickens which showed the hardships of the Victorian workhouse. Workhouses were built for very poor people to live and work in and were not nice places to be. Read this PowerPoint about them and then write a diary entry from the point of view of a child living in the workhouse. Remember to include a range of punctuation and lots of thoughts/feelings. 



Charles Darwin was a Victorian scientist and explorer and is one of the biggest name in science. Watch this video all about him and then read about evolution (one of his biggest findings) here and take the quiz.

How do you think humans might evolve in the future? Fill in this worksheet, thinking of a way that we might evolve (use your imagination, maybe you think we will be able to fly!) and write an advantage and disadvantage for the trait you have thought of.


Design and Technology

Victorian children had a lot less toys than you have. Poor children made their own toys e.g. peg cloth dolls and paper windmills. Skipping ropes, spinning tops, cup and balls, marbles and kites were other popular toys. Rich children played with wooden dolls houses and rocking horses. Follow these instructions to make your own cup and ball and see how many times you can catch the ball in the cup.



William Morris was an artist during the Victorian period who made stained glass windows, tapestries and patterned wallpaper. He created designs of floral patterns (patterns inspired by flowers and plants) which were repeated many times by block printing. Get creative and have a go at creating your own William Morris inspired wallpaper designs.



Because toys were expensive during the Victorian era many children shared their toys with others or they made up playground games that didn’t require very much other than imagination. With an adult or a sibling, get your exercise this week by playing this fun Victorian playground game:

The Potato Race

The potato race can be played with balls if you don’t have any potatoes.

  • Two people (or two teams) compete at a time in this race to pick up potatoes.
  • Two rows of potatoes, with between 6 and 12 in each row, are placed on the ground, about three feet apart and a basket is placed between the rows at one end.
  • The race is to be the first to pick up the potatoes in your row with a teaspoon and put them in the basket without touching them with your fingers.
  • It is difficult to get the potatoes onto the spoons and then tricky to run with them to the basket without dropping them on the way. If they fall off the spoon, they must be picked up again by it, without touching them with your hand as before.


Just for fun

The Victorians had an incredibly sweet tooth. A traditional Victorian pudding was The Victoria Sponge which was named after Queen Victoria herself who regularly ate a slice of the sponge cake with her tea each afternoon. Can you make your own Victorian sponge? Here is the traditional recipe.


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