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Victorian three week project - Monday and Wednesday Homework.

Published Monday, May 16, 2011.
Last updated: Monday, May 16, 2011

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.

Good luck!

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. 


Comment By KARN 

On my project Im gonna do a building!

Published on Monday, May 16, 2011
Comment By Ms Jo 

Sounds great Karn, but what kind of a building? Can you send me some more details.
Remember the focus is on the presentation.

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Comment By Genie 

Miss Jo can I make up some of my questions for my project?

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Comment By Ms Jo 

Yes, please do Genie - the more personal and unique you can make it, the more interesting it will be. Please let me know what you come up with.

Published on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Comment By Karn 

Miss jo what homework are we doing today agian?

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Comment By Grace 

I am doing my project about Queen victoria! It is so exiting! I will talk in front of the whole class!

Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Comment By Ms Jo 

Karn - the homework for the next three weeks on a Monday and Wednesday is your Victorian project. I had asked everyone to work out a timetable and to let me know what their project is going to be on.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011
Comment By Talia 

I miss you all so much

Published on Friday, May 20, 2011
Comment By James 

Can we do a power point quiz

Published on Thursday, May 26, 2011
Comment By Tia 

Is it ok if your Victorian presentation is 4 minutes? because less than that and i dont have enough time to explain everything, it will seem rushed.

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Comment By ning 

can we dress up as someone important giving a lecture??

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Comment By Jo Wellington 

Ning - that is a great idea, you can certainly dress up as a famous Victorian character.
Shayomi- four minutes is fine - we wouldn't want you to feel rushed.
I hope you're all enjoying the project.

Published on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Comment By Tia 

Miss Jo- when we are using the SmartBoard for our presentations, can we use the smart board pens to circle main points if necessary? It weel seem more interesting if we do......

Published on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Comment By ning 

I found this great website but you probably dont need it it called ehow the website is

Published on Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Comment By Jo Wellington 

Yes you can certainly use the smart board during your presentations - great idea!

Published on Thursday, June 02, 2011
Comment By Ronald 

Hey. Good

Published on Sunday, June 05, 2011