The Victorians - parents overview.


In English we will be learning how to write biographies on famous Victorians such as Thomas Barnardo, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Richard Trevithick. The children will also write detailed character descriptions linked to our class novel ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Additionally, as we approach Christmas we will be learning about play scripts and reading a ‘Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. There will be a particular focus on learning and using accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation.


Primary Modern Languages

Children will continue to enjoy finding out about life, languages and culture in France.  

Theme (History)

We will be learning factual knowledge and understanding of the Victorian period and the impact that the railways and Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge had on the people of Cornwall.  Additionally, the children will be learning about the effect that the industrial revolution had on Cornwall.


 In computing the children will be making a documentary film about life in Victorian Britain for children.


Victorian Music Hall inspired learning. The children will be play and perform solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and play musical instruments.

Physical Education.

During PE children will have the opportunity to learn skills in invasion games football and basketball.  Also, they will create and choreograph a dance based on the machines of the Industrial Revolution.

Design and Technology

We will design and make Victorian Cam toys using cutting, sawing and joining wooden dowel. The children will apply their scientific knowledge of forces to design and build bridges.




Develops further children’s understanding and skills in mental and written calculations including problem and real life situations. Oral reasoning and collaborative learning activities  will be crucial in Maths as well as fluency and speed of basic calculation.


Children will be learning about electricity, they will use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram. Also, they will compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.

Religious Education

The children will Identify key moments in the story of Christianity in Cornwall (Methodist church and Robert Wesley), and look at the Work of Christians responding to poverty locally nationally and globally. 

Traditional Church Service 

Work of Christians responding to poverty locally nationally and globally 

Harvest festival (Origins in Cornwall) 

Introduction to Divali and festival of light (prep for Spring Term) 

Victorian Christmas


We will be looking at block printing based on the designs of William Morris.  Additionally, the children will be painting in the style of ‘Canal Boat Art’.


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