15. Social Reform in Victorian London

By Martin Crabbe | March 14 2019

15. Social Reform in Victorian London

Blog Category: Campaign updateBlog Tags: Education and Education

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    Climate Action 15 (#Love London. Love the World.)

    Target audience:  Key Stage 3 History students

    1. Social Reform in Victorian London

    During the Victorian era London changed dramatically. The city grew in size and economic might but also experienced overcrowding, poverty, poor sanitation and low life expectancy. This unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the impact of industrialisation, the social problems created and the need for social reform. Students will investigate the contribution of significant reformers (Charles Booth, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Charles Dickens, Joseph Bazalgette and Octavia Hill) using a variety of sources, including contemporary maps, images and writing. A visit to a museum or historic site or a guided walk will help to deepen students understanding. On return to the classroom, students will apply the knowledge they have gained, and organise the evidence they have collected, to devise and deliver a presentation. They will reflect on what they have learned throughout the unit and recognise connections between past and present day London.

    With special thanks to the Museum of London and A New Direction.

    Click here to see the resource ‘Social Reform in London’

    2. End Poverty in London

    • The first global goal is ‘End Poverty in all its forms’.
    • After completing your study of Social Reform in Victorian London, consider what we can learn from the past.
    • Read the cartoon below then discuss your thoughts with your class.

    1. Background to this resource

    This project aims to:

    1. Connect London’s schools to great resources based on their city and
    2. To suggest ways to introduce a global perspective to their work.

    Each blog will be based on two major curriculum resources available freely to teachers:

    1. The London Curriculum– developed by experts in their field working in partnership with the Mayor of London and his Education and Youth team.
    2. The World’s Largest Lesson– produced by Project Everyone in partnership with Unicef to help schools address three major challenges:
    • End extreme poverty
    • Fight inequality and injustice
    • Tackle climate change

    Each blog will aim to provide ways for teachers to reflect on these big issues through their own contexts, subject areas and from a London perspective.

    Thanks to the teams at City Hall and Project Everyone for providing these great resources. Some of my blog has been adapted from their websites.

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