The industrial revolution

Tara Wright
09th May 2019
Industrial revolution

Lessons, worksheets and units of work for teaching the Industrial revolution to your students

The 18th and 19th centuries saw an industrial revolution in the United Kingdom. This boom in industry, technology and productivity changed the face of the British landscape and transformed centuries-old social order with the rise of a wealthy new middle class. As a consequence of these changes, and the rapid scale of industrialisation in towns and cities, there became a greater need for social reform as poor health and sanitary conditions were exposed.

Teaching the industrial revolution to your students this summer? Check out this fantastic collection of resources for your KS3 History students.

Units of work & bundles 

The Industrial Revolution - Complete Unit of Work

A complete unit of study designed to challenge, engage and encourage independent learners. Each lesson includes a PowerPoint with step by step instructions, high quality differentiated resources, literacy support, engaging activities and GCSE skills incorporated.
By PlanMyLesson .

Industrial Revolution SOW 1750-1900 (12 Lessons) medicine- population- mining- factories- towns

This is the first 12 lessons for an industrial revolution SOW.
Included: introduction- living conditions- health and medicine - factories- coal mining- population- towns - conclusion
All activities and support materials included (apart from video clips, but hyperlinks have been added).
This has been produced for a mixed ability year 9 class- but can be used with other years.
These are some ideas that I have created, found and adapted
Use how you wish and enjoy
By jordanbatters

Industrial Poor SOW (KS3)

Nine lesson SOW about industrial change in Britain with a focus on how Great Britain treated her poor. After an introduction to the period, it looks as living conditions, railways, factory work, and the Poor Law. There is a suggested imaginative piece for assessment.
By rachellbull

KS3 Industrial Revolution

10 lessons on industrial revolution for KS3 students, topics include:
Pre-industrial society
Why did Britain industrialise first?
Textile factories
Children in factories
Improving transport
Towns to cities
Class system
Victorian inventions
Consolidation and Assessment
By Bateman4000

Whole lessons

The Causes of the Industrial Revolution

A neat PowerPoint and supporting activities with media links and worksheets included.
By Ichistory

Industrial Revolution - Causes of the Industrial Revolution

KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated.

These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each.

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A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution.

presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion
high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint

Learning Objectives:
describe the factors that led to the Industrial Revolution
explain how they led to the Industrial Revolution
analyse and prioritise these factors, making links between them

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By jchistory

Industrial Revolution, towns of the Industrial Revolution and the spread of Cholera

Series of 5 lessons (could take a little longer) on the topic of the Industrial Revolution. Lessons 1 and 2 are a simple and very visual introduction to the I.Rev, using a clip from the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. An optional homework is included in this lesson (included at the end of the resources), although it is all about how the North of England was revolutionised! It could be easily adapted though. Lesson 3 delves into the problems that were caused by workers flocking to the cities from the countryside, and gives focus to group work and a map from memory. Lesson 4 is an excellent murder mystery investigation - which was originally from TES resources and I have only adapted and souped it up a bit. Students love coming up with wild theories and enjoy being repulsed by the "Mystery source" (Water from the Broad st. pump - actually a jar of water with gravy granules in it, looks revolting). Lesson 5/5.5 is an assessment, with preparation and AFL for students.
By Lizzie_Tarpy

Transport Revolution

  • This lesson aims to examine the revolution in transport which affected Britain between 1750-1900. Students first look at the problems of transport in Britain from the roads (if you could call them that) and examine how they were changed and improved in conjunction with the railways and canals. There are sources to analyse and a differentiated group work task as well as video footage giving further clarity.

  • Ultimately students have to evaluate the biggest impact these changes made in Britain from increased wealth and international trade to the standardisation of time as well as now being connected throughout the British Empire.

  • The resource comes in PDF and Powerpoint formats if there is a wish to adapt and change. I have also included suggested teaching strategies to deliver the lesson and there are differentiated materials included. If you like this resource, please visit my shop where I have created further resources on the Industrial Revolution which can be found here:

By PilgrimHistory

KS3 The Industrial Revolution: Children's Working Conditions Lesson 6

This lesson investigates the working conditions for poor children in the factories and mills of growing industrial towns. Students are provided with an illustrated fact sheet (see image) to help them identify and understand the typical day of a child worker. Students are then given a choice of three activities (for you to also chose from). Each activity has a worksheet if needed. 1: Produce a mind map for students to identify the key themes of a typical working day such as hours, health etc. 2: Produce an interview asking a child about their day. 3: Produce a storyboard for a documentary/film about the working conditions. A map has also been created which students can use as a starter to identify key types of industry in key areas of the country. This is one I have produced myself in order to make this clearer to students.

By RAResources

Factory conditions

A lesson to explore factory conditions includes a Powerpoint with various activities including a debate task and written report. In addition also includes primary sources of conditions in the factories for source analysis and evaluation.

An additional lesson also includes an assessment with planning table grid and model PEA paragraph to support. for students on selecting the best representation of conditions in the factories using GCSE source analysis skills
By leighbee23

Industrial Revolution - Inventors and Inventions

KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated.

These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each.

***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price.

A Key Stage 3, Year 8 observation lesson designed to test students’ understanding of the historical concept of significance by deciding which Industrial Revolution inventor’s face should be on the next banknote.

Differentiated learning objectives:

Gold: Argue why one inventor is more significant than another, justifying your choice.
Silver: Assess how significant an inventor was using Partington’s model of historical significance.
Bronze: Describe the key inventors of the Industrial age, explaining their impact on Victorian Britain.

A ‘hook’ starter designed to get students engaged with the topic, asking about the most important inventions in their lives.

An information gathering activity using five sources giving information about five key Industrial Revolution inventors.

A speech writing activity on the most significant inventor, with differentiated learning objectives.

A plenary for student-led sharing of ideas and a class vote.

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By jchistory

Industrial Revolution - Coal Mining

Used with a top set Y8 class.
Links with new 9-1 GCSE skills - Inference/ source question.
Peer assessment task.
All resources for the lesson are included within the powerpoint.
Individual and group tasks.

By aegore


A Brief History of The Industrial Revolution - Reading Comprehension Worksheet / Informational Text

This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for upper elementary to proficient ESL learners or native English speakers. The text explores the history of the Industrial Revolution in the early 17th century in Britain and the effects of industrialization on the living conditions for the upper and lower working class.

After carefully reading the text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: a match the headings exercise, comprehension questions, True or False exercises and a definitions match exercise. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework. A full answer key is included.
By MariaPht

Child Labour Research Worksheet - Stage 5 History - The Industrial Revolution

A two page internet research task in printable A4 pdf format. Designed as a full lesson handout this looks at Child Labour during the Industrial Revolution - Stage 5 History - Australian Curriculum.
By Steve Kelly

Industrial Revolution 1 - Changes 1750/1900

Very simple lesson suitable for a low ability group but could be modified for higher ability students. Gives an introduction to the Industrial Revolution that provides an overview of the main changes that took place between 1750 to 1900.
By rachellbull

Coal Mining Revision Quiz

Covers the 3 main types of employment in coal mining and the dangers involved.
By EwanCruz

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