Charles Dickens and the Industrial Revolution


The Charles Dickens Museum teamed up with Year 5 teacher Edward Knight Hoggart to develop an upper KS2 history unit on Dickens and the Industrial Revolution.

This free, six-week history unit allows schools to study the Victorians and the Industrial Revolution through a different lens. From a board game and character case studies to quizzes and gameshows, this series of six lessons allow students to explore the impact of the Industrial Revolution through play, enquiry, and self-discovery. With a complete scheme of work and teacher and student resources provided, students will examine Victorian crime and punishment, key events during the Industrial Revolution, life of the rich and poor, and the life of Charles Dickens before completing a written assessment in which students will defend Oliver Twist in court from the charge of theft. 

Scheme of work 

Lesson 1 

Intro PPT 

Life in Dickensian London info sheets

A3 timeline 

Timeline population sheet

True or False PPT 

Lesson 2 

What is it? PPT

History detectives pack 

History detectives sheet

Who wants to be a millionaire? quiz sheet

Lesson 3 

The Victorian Poor + The Victorian Rich comic strips

Character case studies 

Case study response sheet

'Rags to Riches' board game instructions 

'Rags to Riches' board game 

'Rags to Riches' cards 

'Rags to Riches' counters 

Lesson 4 

Crime or not a crime? Intro PPT

Crime and punishment matching answers PPT

Different crimes and punishments cards

Fact file template 

Victorian V modern prison resource

Lessons 5+ 6 

Planning the trial PPT 

Oliver Twist assessment sheet

Why should the magistrate let Oliver go free? - student assessment planning sheet (working towards/at expected standard)

Why should the magistrate let Oliver go free? - student assessment planning sheet (working above expected standard) 


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