Last term, Year 6 studied the Victorians.
We had a Victorian day, when we all dressed up as Victorians and experienced a day of Victorian teaching. Activities included: calligraphy, Victorian mathematics, games and cooking.
Isla wrote a biography on Queen Victoria:
Born on the 24th of May, Queen Victoria started her reign at the age of 18 and amazingly lasted for 64 years. This era was known as the Victorian era – the longest era known to man.
Victoria’s father, Edward Duke of Kent, and mother, who was Princess of Germany, very much protected Victoria from harm. Victoria was a fast learner: before you knew she could already speak German, English and French; she also studied the bible. Having very protective parents meant Victoria had to be home-schooled. Loving it until her 60’s, she was shown hot to play piano by musicians. The Queen’s dog, who was a King Charles Spaniel, was Victoria’s best friend (they loved each other dearly.)
Being born fifth in line for the throne meant it was highly unlikely she would ever become Queen, but – after many failed attempts from relatives – she did and had her official coronation on June the 28th.
Marriage to Albert
As Victorian was not allowed to socialise she decided to marry her cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. In the end they had nine children, 40 grand-children and 37 great grandchildren. The grandmother of Europe was Victorian because so many monarchs are her relatives.
Changes During the Victorian Age
Whilst she was Queen, there was a tremendous change. Britain became the most powerful country in the world with the largest empire. She ruled a quarter of the world’s population; a the amount of people living in Britain doubled they needed to meet a growing demand for goods and services: new factories and machines were built during Victoria’s reign. In London a huge building called the Crystal Palace was built. Prince Albert was part of the planning and it was a huge success.
The End of an Era
In 1887 they celebrated her 50th anniversary of her reign with a golden jubilee. They celebrated again in 1897 with the diamond jubilee Sadly on the 22nd of January 1901, Victoria died at the Osborne house on the Isle of Wight. She was 81.
- She survived at least seven assassination attacks.
- One of her most famous quotes was “I’m not amused”.
- Queen Victoria was also a prolific writer and wrote about 2500 words a day.