Victorian three week project - Monday and Wednesday Homework.
Starting Monday 16th May. Projects due on Monday 6th June.
There is a lot of information here! We will be going over this in class
For the next three weeks, Monday and Wednesday home learning should be spent on a Victorian project. Nothing else will be given on these days. You will still have Maths and Thursday Literacy learning to do.
You will need to use your time wisely, first of all have a think about an area of Victorian life that interests you, and what project you think you will enjoy getting involved in.
Some of you might want to work on these projects independently and some of you might have parents who want to get involved. Both are good ways to work, and as long as you have taken care over your projects I will be proud of what you produce, whether you have had any help or not.
After your projects are due in, we will have time over the following few weeks to share what everybody has learnt with the class.
We did a similar extended project last year when we were exploring the Aztecs. This time there are some differences. This time you are all expected to be able to talk to the class about your project for three minutes and you must prepare a powerpoint or a poster as a visual aid. Talking to a group of people is an important skill. You will need to spend some time researching and planning your presentation, and then you will need to practise what you are going to say. You can of course make a model to spice up your presentation and use as your visual aid, but this is not essential.
Areas that you could focus on:
- Victorian inventions. Choose one or focus on a few. (Great model making opportunities here).
- The Victorian school day. Create a daily timetable and talk the class through it. (Some children last year made a model of a classroom in a shoebox)
- Victorian school discipline. Why did left hander’s have to write with their right hands? What happened to people who spoke languages other than English at school? Why did the Victorians use corporal punishment at school? What is your view on Victorian discipline?
- Victorian crime and punishment. What happened if you got caught stealing a loaf of bread? What were Victorian prisons like? (Maybe make a list of crimes and their punishments for us to look at, or even pretend to be a Victorian judge passing sentence on the poor criminals!)
- Victorian music. What was the music hall? What type of music was popular? (Great chance here to play us some songs!)
- Research clothes worn in Victorian times. You can choose either a rich person (possibly Queen Victoria) or a poor person (maybe a chimney sweep). Or both! (Great chance to transform a doll or cardboard cutout into a Victorian gentleman or scullery maid!)
- Research the life of somebody who campaigned to improve conditions for Victorian children. For example Lord Shaftesbury and Dr Barnado.
- Study the differences between the jobs/houses/free time of the rich and the poor.
- Evaluate whether you would rather be a Victorian child or a child today. Look at each aspect of life - home/work/school.
- Do you want to find out more about Queen Victoria? Study different aspects of her life. Imagine what it would have been like to know that you are going to be Queen at such a young age.
Other ideas are welcome! But please check with your teacher.
I hope you enjoy finding out about Victorian life for yourself at home, and talking about it with others at home to help, you understand more.
Advice for Victorian Presentations
It's an oral (spoken) presentation to the class.
Choose something you are interested in!
You need to talk to the class, not read to us! You can have notes to help you along, but aim to NOT read directly from them. This is easier if you practise and really understand what you are saying.
Length: 3 minutes long. A little bit shorter or longer is fine, but aim for three minutes.
PRACTISE your presentation, especially to an audience. Ask your practice audience for feedback, so you can improve your delivery.
You need to be as SMOOTH as you can manage. Yes, you will be nervous. Lots of practice helps!
SLOW DOWN! Yes, you will be nervous. Lots of practice helps!
Minimal visual aids. We don't NEED lots of visuals. This task is about you talking. You may have a model already. If you want to use a PowerPoint, or a poster, well, great! BUT, the FOCUS IS ON YOU SPEAKING! Visuals should be used to SUPPORT what you SAY. What you SAY is KEY!
You will be giving you feedback both on the content (information) and the delivery (speaking) of your presentation.