Teachers & Group Leaders

Victorian Trail

Key Stage 2


This is a set of stimulating activities for KS2 children. The activities encourage interaction with the museum exhibits and empathy with the Victorian era, developing skills in interpretation and imagination. It provides an opportunity to practice key analytical skills outlined in the National Curriculum. It works at attainment levels 3/4 in 'Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past' enabling students to analyse different historical situations to explain change and cause and identify aspects of everyday life which may or may not have changed over the last two hundred years.

National Curriculum


Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history Pupils should be taught about:
  • A local history study.
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066.

Learning Objectives

  • To find out more about the living conditions on canal boats.
  • To learn about the lives of children in canal families.
  • To find out more about the Victorian ice trade.
  • To learn about the role of ice cream in Victorian society.
  • To learn how cargoes were put on and taken off canal boats.
  • To learn the role that horses played in canal transport.
  • To learn why the advent of the railways caused the decline of the canals.
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