Imagining a royal childhood

Writing creatively about young Victoria

Writing creatively about young Victoria

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: English and History | Topics: Victorians | Session Type: Route-based and classroom

It is 1837, and 18-year-old Princess Victoria has just been awoken in her bedchamber at Kensington Palace with the news that she is Queen! 

Students will explore the new Queen’s childhood home and investigate written sources, including extracts from contemporary Dickens novels, to find out about Princess Victoria’s life at Kensington Palace in the context of Victorian London. Using Victoria’s own letters and diaries as inspiration, students will produce their own poetry to express their creative responses to the new Queen’s Kensington Palace story.  

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • Use primary sources to explore Queen Victoria’s childhood in the context of Victorian London.
  • Learn and apply new creative writing techniques.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Writing for a range of purposes and audiences, including stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing (KS3 English).
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain 1745-1901 – Britain as the first industrial nation.
  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

Booking information

10.30, 12.30
90 minutes
Up to 35 pupils
£105 plus admission

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