Coal Mining and the Victorians
This resource looks at the lives of children working in coal mines in Victorian England. Extracts from the 1842 Royal Commission into Children’s Employment (Mines) are used to highlight the working conditions faced by children working underground and to provide a source of primary evidence for pupils studying this topic.
On completion of this resource, students can test their knowledge by answering questions in the Victorian Coal Mining Quiz.
QCA Unit 11
What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?
QCA Unit 12
How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?
Victorian Britain – the changing role and status of women
Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
Historical enquiry using documents and printed sources
PSHE and Citizenship
Discussion and debate
The following curriculum areas are linked to specific pages or resources - use the hyperlinks to take you directly to the page concerned.
Data Handling: Health
- Knowledge and understanding – Increased knowledge of what it was like for children living in Victorian Britain and understanding of the 1842 Commission.
- Attitudes and values –The activities motivate pupils by using original materials, making it more real. The activities enhance empathy and understanding for different working conditions of children.
- Enjoyment, inspiration and creativity – These activities will enrich and engage children in the learning of History, ICT, Literacy, Numeracy and PSHE.
- Skills – Develop research skills for teachers and pupils. Through group work children will develop their social and communication skills.
- Behaviour and progressions – The activities give children the potential to study original archival material.