The Victorians

Subject: History

Victorian England was quite different to life today. Our workshops give children the chance to experience life as a Victorian, from strict school teachers to household chores and toys.

Curriculum Link

  • Developing an awareness of the past 



Victorian Schooldays

Age Group: 5-11 Year Olds (KS1 & KS2)
Available in London and West Midlands
Online workshop version also available for all regions

Transport your classroom back to 1899 and give your children a lesson they won’t forget as our Victorian schoolteacher assesses handwriting, drill and arithmetic.

One facilitator visits your school in role as a Victorian schoolteacher covering different aspects of the Victorian curriculum and exploring the cultural context of the time. 

Key Areas

  • Writing with slates and copybooks
  • Times tables and arithmetic
  • Spelling practice
  • Victorian school punishment implements


"All the children loved the session. They enjoyed experiencing a Victorian style classroom; they also loved looking at the artefacts and the interactive nature of the workshop. Incredibly engaging, well resourced and very interactive."
Camilla Steel, Avon House School, Woodford Green



Victorian Homelife and Toys

Age Group: 5-7 Year Olds (KS1)
Available in London

The ‘new servants’ at Sudbury Manor must complete all household chores to the housekeeper’s satisfaction if they are to enjoy the Victorian toys at the end of a long day.

One facilitator visits your school in role as a Victorian housekeeper and works with one class at a time, giving the children a chance to explore different aspects and chores of a Victorian household, as well as a chance to play with Victorian toys at the end.  


"Children were engaged with the session from the start. All children had a chance to participate in the session and learnt a lot."

Larissa Batley, Parkside Primary School, London




Related Workshops

Use the menu on the top left or explore related workshops below.

  • Up and Down the Ages - Large Group
    • Greater London & Essex

    History KS1. From Ancient Greece to the present day, your children will explore five different time periods, whilst meeting historical characters including Samuel Pepys and Rosa Parks. Read more.

  • Magical Toy Museum
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    History KS1. Late in the day, when all the visitors have gone home, your children enter the Magical Toy Museum. Using their bodies, voices and imaginations they will bring toys to life through drama. Read more.

  • Florence Nightingale
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    History KS1. Travelling with Florence to Scutari hospital and role-playing scenes from her life, your class will explore her childhood memories as well as her nursing legacy in this exciting drama workshop. Read more here.

Important Information

Length of session: 60 minutes
Price£123 + VAT per session
Number of children: up to 30 - extra children are negotiable
All Freshwater drama facilitators are DBS checked
Please note that Victorian Schooldays and Victorian Homelife and Toys are seperate sessions
  • Follow Us

  • Contact

    Tel: 0844 800 2870

    Freshwater Theatre Company
    St Margaret's House
    21 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL

  • About

    Freshwater Theatre Company offers interactive drama workshops, shows and large group activities for schools to bring your curriculum to life. We hope you enjoy exploring our site!