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Literacy Home Learning

Published Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
Last updated: Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tomorrow we are going to write some letters asking powerful people in Victorian Britain to end child labour.

Look at these poor chaps! Don't you want to help them? Make their life better?

Things to think about:

Who are you going to write to?

How are you going to organise the paragraphs in your letter?

  1. Main idea. Danger, boredom, lack of education, bad conditions and treatment. Conclusion.
  2. Main idea. Chimney sweeps, factory work, mining. Conclusion.

Can you remember some of the main features of persuasive letters?

Can you use some features of persuasive letters to make this paragrpah better?

Working in a mine was not very nice. Some children would work for the day and then get paid. Every so often there would be an accident. If the chilren were down a mine they couldn't go to school, which is a bit of shame.

Try this website for some extra research.


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Home Learning 9.6.11

Published Thursday, June 09, 2011.
Last updated: Monday, June 13, 2011

Due Monday 13.6.11

Victorian Jobs.

Read the inforamtion below. Choose which job you think would be the worst. Write a paragraph explaining why.

 Coal Mines:

Coal mines were extremely dangerous places because there was the constant threat of cave-ins and explosions. Young children would be employed as trappers, opening and closing doors for the coal wagons. Older children would help carry the coal which was very heavy. Coal mines were dark, damp and cold.


Children who lived in the country often worked on farms to earn their living. They would help farmers by chasing away birds and other animals who were after the crops. Older children would help with general farmyard chores, like mucking out the animals or carrying bales of hay.


Children who worked in factories often had to work dangerous machinery or deal with chemicals that made them ill. In the cotton mills, children would be sent to pick up discarded pieces of fabric that had fallen under the machines, usually while the machine was still going. It was not uncommon for children to have their hands, arms and legs crushed by the machinery.

Street workers:

Lots of children who had no family or home earned their money by working on the streets. Some worked as crossing-sweepers, clearing the roads of mud and horse dung for people who wanted to cross the road. Others worked as shoe-shiners or sold things like flowers or matches. Street children who couldn’t find a way to earn money would have to steal money or food to eat.

Chimney Sweeps:

Chimney sweeping was best done by children because children were small enough to fit inside the chimneys. They would have to crawl into very tight spaces and be covered in soot. Many children suffocated while they were sweeping chimneys.


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Victorians Home Learning 13.6.11

Published Monday, June 13, 2011.
Last updated: Monday, June 13, 2011

As our Victorians theme draws to a close, use the fantastic BBC website to explore some Victorian focused games & activities.

Click on British History and look through the drop down list for the Victorian activities.

You can have a go at running a Victorian city, try to become a millionaire by manufacturing cotton or find out more about children at work. Have fun!

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