Mayfield Church Of England Primary School

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The Victorians

Pipits' Class will be learning about why this time in history is so important? Here are a few of the most significant reasons..........

  • Britain became the most powerful and richest country in the world, with the largest empire that had ever existed, ruling a quarter of the world's population.
  • The number of people living in Britain more than doubled from 16 million to 37 million, causing a huge demand for food, clothes and housing.
  • Factories and machines were built to meet this demand and new towns grew up, changing the landscape and the ways people lived and worked.
  • Railways, originally built to transport goods, meant people could travel easily around the country for the first time.
  • Soldiers were at war all over the world especially in 1850 - 1880.
  • Seaside holidays were 'invented' (became popular).
  • Police Force 'invented'.
  • At the beginning of the Victorian period crossing the Atlantic took up to eight weeks. By 1901 it took about a week.


Who were the Victorians?
(1837 to 1901)


The Victorians lived over one hundred and fifty years ago during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 to 1901).

What does Victorian times mean?

Victorian times means during Victoria's rule. The time Queen Victoria was on the throne. She ruled for 64 years.

What was it like living in the Victorian times?

There was no electricity, instead gas lamps or candles were used for light.

There were no cars. People either walked, travelled by boat or train or used coach horses to move from place to place.


World Book Day.

We had such a lovely day dressed as our favourite book characters, and enjoyed many activities including a visit from an author.



Chatham Dockyards.

This week the children in Year 1 went on an incredible adventure to Chatham Dockyards.  They learnt all sorts of amazing facts about the lifeboats, firing rockets and how to make a boat float.  They also learnt more about Grace Darling and living in a light house.  A wonderful, yet tiring, day was had by children and staff alike!  There are some pictures of the day below.