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Are you concerned about the changes to the history curriculum and worried that the reported 1066 primary endpoint will mean you can't cover the Victorians anymore?  


Well don't be, for you can still easily teach the topic via the following strands and it can be made even more relevant with a little imagination and interpretation.  


In addition, the renewed emphasis on historical enquiry means our massive artefact display is now more relevant than ever, providing pupils with a unique opportunity to handle and investigate genuine Victorian artefacts, which also links with the new DT requirement to "Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world". 


What is more, our workshops are ideal for the new suggestion of "The First Railways" because, as far as we know, we are literally the only provider in the country teaching about this at the moment by bringing our very own Stephenson's Rocket for pupils to use in your school!

The new National Curriculum for History states that school can cover "a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066" and this is perhaps the easiest way to keep teaching the Victorians topic in your school, especially as it provides an example of "The First Railways" as a significant turning point in history which was occurring at the start of her reign.


This of course offer many possibilities for expansion into an inventions-focused topic, or even a Victorian topic in general, not unlike the unit already taught in many schools and as shown in our own FREE 2014 VICTORIANS SCHEME OF WORK.  We are happy to say that this topic can also be perfectly supported by our Stephenson's Rocket activity which is a key feature of our workshop, supported also by the wide range of inventions we bring in for pupils to handle.


In addition, an example is also given for "the changing power of monarchs using case studies such as John, Anne and Victoria" which of course is self explanatory in allowing you to cover your Victorian topic and which we also support in our workshop with activities such as our interactive timeline, where we cover not only the rise of technology but aso key events in Victorian's own life such as her birth, succession to the throne and her death.


All this said, why just stick to these examples?  This option is a perfect invitation to pick out many other significant Victorian events as a focus for the topic and here are some possible examples, all of which are covered in our free planning unit:

The Industrial Revolution and the rise of the mill industry, The Great Exhibition, or even the actual reign of Queen Victoria (after all you can't get any more significant than that :).


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Our workshop is a perfect match for your continued teaching of the topic, with "The First Railways"; a renewed emphasis on historical enquiry and also the new requirement to learn about the history of design and technology in DT

ROUTE 1: via the 'study of a topic after 1066' option

The new National Curriculum also states that schools can cover "a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066)" or "a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality".


This therefore offers another easy route to covering the topic because there aren't many local areas in the country that weren't affected by the events and architecture of the Victorian period.  Some examples could be to visit a local Victorian building or museum, looking at the history of the school or booking one of our workshops to learn about the impact of the growth of invention and technology on the everyday lives of ordinary people who would have lived in your community.  For example, we bring a range of household items as part of our artefact display which help pupils to understand how their own ancestors used to live.


So as you can see, whichever route you choose, our workshops offer perfect support for yout teaching and learning, for this year and the next!

ROUTE 2: via the 'local history' option'