Bring your pupils on a virtual visit with Queen Victoria
This virtual visit allows your pupils to visit Queen Victoria in her palace. Victoria will be able to introduce your pupils to life in Victorian times. Your pupils can find out more about the key historical events of the period. Your pupils will not simply be listening to a presentation. Instead they will interact with Victoria personally: asking questions, sharing work and taking part in activities.
This visit can be tailored to any age range within KS2
What will the virtual visit include?
The virtual visit will be tailored to suit your requirements, but as a guide will include
- welcome and introduction from Queen Victoria, putting the Victorian time period into context
- Victoria will tell pupils about key events in her life, including stories about the changes she has seen during her long reign, the technological and scientific advances and the British Empire
- Pupils will have the opportunity to ask Victoria questions
- Pupils can talk about what they have been learning about Victorian times, give presentations to Victoria, or share work they have done
The virtual visit will last between 30 and 50 minutes, depending on the amount of participation you would like your pupils to have. The virtual visit can be with any size group, large or small, although obviously the size of the group will influence the opportunities that individuals have for asking questions etc. Alternatively your visit could be split into two shorter sessions should you wish.
Links to the Curriculum
The virtual visit will enhance a class topic on the Victorian period. In particular the virtual visit provides a unique opportunity for pupils to use ICT as a source for finding out about some of the key events, people and changes occurring during the Victorian period.
In addition, taking part in any video conference provides many opportunities for developing speaking and listening skills. Pupils have to take turns and soon realise that it is not possible for them to all talk at once. The focused nature of the visit will encourage concentration and listening skills. The visit takes the form of a group conversation so it is an excellent vehicle for developing good listening and turn-taking behaviour.
Pupils have the opportunity to
- speak clearly, preparing beforehand what questions they are going to ask and choosing those words carefully. They will also need to take into account the needs of the presenter – speaking clearly and slowly, and repeating questions when needed (KS2 Speaking En 1a, b, c, e f)
- listen carefully to what is being said, and keep concentrating otherwise they may miss an instruction or learning point. Deciding if you need to ask further questions to clarify points and listen to the questions and answers that other pupils are asking as well. (KS2 Listening En 2c, e)
- learn how to participate in a group discussion by taking turns to speak and understanding that different people have different parts to play in a group discussion (KS2 Speaking En 3a)
- speak to a wider range of people than the audience within school, and listen to adults giving detailed explanations and presentations (KS2 Speaking En 8b, 9a)
- experience video conferencing as an ICT tool to facilitate collaboration between people separated by distance, and how this can be used as a wider tool both within and outside school (ICT KS2 5b,c)