10. What was Victorian Crime and Punishment like?

A full lesson for KS2 about crime and punishment in Victorian times, including a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and pupil resource sheets.


What was Victorian Crime and Punishment like?
In this lesson, pupils will learn about typical crimes from the Victorian period and different kinds of punishments that were given. Pupils will have the opportunity to act as Victorian judges and will read a series of case studies, awarding appropriate punishments for each. Pupils will link what they have learned to wider issues about modern-day crime and punishment.


  • To find out about typical crimes and punishments in the Victorian period
  • To compare Victorian punishments to the modern-day justice system.

The lesson plan includes differentiation ideas to adapt the activities for the needs of your class.

  • File Formats

    1 x PDF File (lesson plan and pupil resource sheets)

    1 x Powerpoint (whiteboard slides)


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