Starter activity. Your task Think about a typical school day. Include breaks and travelling times as well as leisure time after school and the time you normally go to bed. Do you think your day is the same as children elsewhere in the world?. 10.45- 11.05 am break. 7.00 am get up.
Think about a typical school day. Include breaks and travelling times as well as leisure time after school and the time you normally go to bed.
Do you think your day is the same as children elsewhere in the world?
10.45- 11.05 am break
7.00 am get up
8.40 am start school
TBAT explain why conditions were so bad for child factory workers
Identify 3 improvements in factory conditions
Watch the film clip ‘The Children who built Britain’ and answer the questions on the video clip task sheet.
Extension – List any advantages you can think of for children working in the mills?
Read p.80-81 in Peace & War and note down what major changes occurred to the way children were treated in work places in these years:
Note any changes in the treatment of women, too
No children under 9 allowed to work
Children aged between 9 & 13 limited to 9 hours & had to attend 2 hours’ school per day
It is 1833. The govt has just passed the Factory Act and is keen to fine or shut down any factories which appear to be treating their workers unfairly. Get into 6 groups. Five of the 6 will be factory managers, the remaining group will be inspectors. Factory managers must explain why their factories should not be closed down. However, they must answer the questions put to them honestly. They cannot lie! At the end of the task the inspectors will explain which is the best factory in terms of working conditions and which should be shut down or given a fine.
It is 1831. The govt has decided to set up a commission to investigate working conditions of children. You belong to a pressure group headed by one of the leading campaigners for reform Lord Shaftesbury, and want to produce a short film highlighting the appalling conditions that children worked under in early Victorian factories & mills. Your film will hopefully influence politicians and businessmen into improving conditions. Use Photostory and your own images, music and commentary to create your film.
Examples of poor conditions in factories
Explain ‘mudlark’ & ‘workhouse’
Evidence of improving conditions?
What sources of information can we use to find out about conditions in factories and which can we trust?