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Learning Objectives


  • Queen Victoria was on the throne 1837 -1901
  • School lessons were very different
  • People wore very different clothes in those days
  • Victorian buildings were different
  • People had different jobs compared to today


  • Visit a Countryside Estate with many features from the Victorian Era
  • Visit a church
  • Sketch features of Victorian architecture
  • Appreciate the huge differences between social classes on the Thoresby Estate

Key words/phrases

Victorian Era, Empire, Saxe-Coburg Slates, Inkwell, Prince Albert (Consort), Values and Morals, 1837- 1901, Pounds, Shillings, Pence, Arithmetic, Cane, Dunce, 3 R’s, Standards, Discipline, Disease, Sanitation, Object Lesson, Drill


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues. (10 mins).

½ Day Course Programme

Classes will then separate and sessions A and B will be interchangeable am and pm with session A generally led by the centre teacher.

Classroom session A:

Pupils dress in Victorian clothes and receive the name of a pupil who attended the school in the 1860’s. Setting the scene, dates etc (15 mins)
Detailed activity sheets for this session can be found in the “History Comes to Life at Perlethorpe” curriculum material pages 17-21. See below for basic outline.
This classroom session should leave 20 mins for Victorian games and Drill.

Out and about session B:

Tour of the estate using the map provided in the curriculum material page 16.
This can include sketching at the church, Thoresby Hall, the stables and Post office cottages, all of which display archetypical Victorian architecture.
A visit to the Church can include “Search the Church” activity (worksheet available) inside and looking at the graveyard outside. The graveyard can be explored for headstones from the Victorian Era and more specifically linked to key dates 1837, 1901, 1861 (death of Prince Albert), 1819 (Victoria born), 1854 Florence Nightingale pioneers modern nursing. Rubbings can be taken from the gravestones. Pupils need to be instructed on church/churchyard etiquette.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met (5 – 10 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing

Clothes are available for children to get into role whilst they are at the centre. However, suggested dress code can be found on page 17 of the supporting curriculum material.

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions.

Equipment supplied

Costumes, slates, pens & inkwells, copy sheets poems, prayer, coins, cane, back board, toys, name badges, Search the Church activity sheets, crayons, clipboards, first aid kit

Equipment needed from school

Pencils, paper for rubbings

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions. Church not available on Fridays.

½ day timetable for classroom

  • Hands inspection “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” (5 mins)
  • Service/prayer to Lord and Lady Manvers (5 mins)
  • The 3 “R’s” Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (5 mins)
  • Reading: Village Blacksmith (H.W. Longfellow), I Wandered lonely as a Cloud (William Wordsworth 1815) (10 mins)
  • Writing: Copying letters (Sand pit, chalkboard, ink pens) No Lefties! (20 mins)
  • Spellings: yew, you, ewe, bow, bough, doe, dough, steal, steel (10mins)
  • Arithmetic: Tables, old money, abacus (15 mins)
  • Drill. Marching, arms, stretching. Outside (10 mins)
  • Games, toys. Outside (10 mins)
  • English Empire (5 mins)
  • Object lesson: properties, materials, uses, origin. Draw, label. (15 mins)
George IV 1820-1830
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William IV 1830-1837
Victoria 1837-1901
Edward VII 1901-1910 House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
George V 1910-1936 House of Windsor