Spring 1 Rain, Steam and Speed

This half term we will be learning about the Industrial Revolution. This was a time of great change in Britain.

This painting is called ‘Rain Steam and Speed’. It is painted by an artist called JMW Turner. What can you find out about him?
This is George Stephenson’s ‘Rocket’. What can you find out about it?


What do you think life was like in a Victorian factory?

Can you find out about these people?
James Watt
Isambard Kingdom Brunel





34 Responses

  • Mrs Grundy says:

    Year 6 it would be lovely to see some blogging on here.

  • Amaan says:

    James Watt was a famous Scottish inventor who improved Thomas Newcomen`s invention know as the steam engine, created in 1776 . James was born in January 1736, in a place called Greenock, in Scotland and he died on the 25th of August 1819 . He had one sibling called John Watt. James married Ann MacGregor in 1777 – till 1819 – and then married Margaret Miller. He had four children between his two wives (James Watt junior, Gregory Watt , Janet Watt and Margaret Watt).

  • Joshua says:

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel played a huge part in the industrial revolution he came up with many ingenious designs of bridges, steamships and railways including the GWR ( Great Western Railway).He was born in 1806 in Portsmouth and later died in 1859 at the age of 53.Brunels role in the industrial revolution has played a drastic part in how we live today .

  • Daniel A says:

    I believe life in a factory during the victorian times was very dangerous because lots of people died of geting crushed.They also had to get thing out from the inside and got killed because of it.I would definitely not go and work there i would be scared to do it.

  • Oliver says:

    Edward Jenner was born on the 17th May 1749 in Berkeley,Gloucestershire,England. Edward Jenner is famous for inventing a cure for the old,dangerous disease smallpox. Jenner used another disease to cure smallpox this disease was called cowpox. Cowpox was only caught by milkmaids when they were milking the cows on the farm, with cowpox the conditions were you would get scabs and blisters all over you body.As a doctor Jenner new he needed to find a cure for smallpox but there was one thing wrong, he didn’t know how. One day, Jenner came up with a idea. He thought that if somebody had cowpox they wouldn’t be able to catch smallpox,so later on that day he asked his friends son -James Phipps- if he could test his hypothesis on him and he said yes. So Jenner used a dose of puss from one of the milkmaids blisters and jabbed it into his arm,then he got a dose of smallpox and jabbed it into his other arm. Phipps(Jenner’s test boy) was watched for weeks and weeks to see if he got smallpox,after a month he still hadn’t had smallpox so that ment that Edward Jenner’s hypothesis was proven he had invented a cure for smallpox.

  • Jenna says:

    Isambard kingdom Brunel played a key role in Britains industrial revolution, designing and constructing railway lines, bridges, tunnels and docks around the country.
    Isambard Kingdom Brunel was born on the 9th April,1806 in Portsmouth. His mother and father sent him to the finest schools in England and France to learn the skills he needed to become an engineer. As he grew up he worked on the Thames tunnel with his father who was also an engineer at the time. He later on went and passed away in 1859(53 years of age) due to a stroke.

  • Daniel A says:

    George Stephenson’s is an inventor who invented a Rocket what was an early steam locomotive of 0-2-2 wheel. It wasbuilt for, and won, the Rainhill Trials held by the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1829 to choose the best design to power the railway.

  • Jayden says:

    Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s first creation was an under water railway,designed and built with him and his farther;unfortunately half way through the build the railway suffered a crack in one of the bricks and thus creating a flood and destroying the build. Luckily he didn’t die but was brutally injured. Brunel played an important role in the Industrial revolution,by designing bridges,railways and some of the most recognisable land marks in England;he designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge,Royal Albert Bridge and the Windsor Railway Bridge; Clifton Suspension Bridge being his most famous creation and most well known.

  • Chloe says:

    In class we have been learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel who took a big role in Britain’s industrial revolution. Turning the countryside into big factories will have took a lot of courage he showed just that. Most people didn’t like what he did but I think he did a god job of what he did.

  • Samuel says:

    Chimney sweeps usually got cuts after work so the boss then would rub salt inside their wounds to make them back to work. They also lit fires and put pins on the fireplace to keep cthem from coming down

  • Chloe says:

    In class, we have been learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel who took a big role in Britain’s Industrial Revolution. Turning the countryside into big factories will have took a lot of courage he showed just that. Most people didn’t like what he did but I think he did a god job of what he did.

  • Ammarah says:

    The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain in the late 1700s. Many of the first innovations that enabled the Industrial Revolution began in the textile industry. Making cloth moved from homes to large factories. Britain also had plenty of coal and iron which was important to power and make machines for the factories.
    The Industrial Revolution lasted for over 100 years. After beginning in Britain in the late 1700s it spread to Europe and the United States. The Industrial Revolution can be divided into two phases.

  • Ruby says:

    Right now we are learning about children when they were in chimneys and Mills. We have learnt that no matter the conditions they always had to be there, For there meals they had bread and butter some were not even allowed a drink. Many different jobs were dangerous but this one u had to go under the machines whilst they are still on. The children were called apprentices (a apprentice is a learner with work like your partner learning to do the job) but these were on there own sweeping chimneys and rubbing cotton I am glad it is not like tis today.

  • Osama says:

    Machines were deafening. The children worked from 5:30am to 8:00pm

  • Brandon says:

    Transportation changed dramatically throughout the Industrial Revolution. Where before people traveled by horse, walking, or boat; new ways of travel were introduced including railroads, steam boats, and automobiles. This changed the way people and products were able to travel around the country and the world.

  • Jenna says:

    I think life in the Victorian factory for children was horrible and not acceptable at all. Some boys were sent up chimneys to do a jobs called a chimney sweep girls didn’t do that job as they were sent to learn how to do house jobs. The boys were sent up a chimney to clean it whilst someone put out nails on the floor then set it on fire so if they fell down or came down before the owner wanted them to the boys would hurt their feet and get them burnt.

  • Oliver says:

    In the early 19th century life was very hard for poor family’s that had children.There was a lot of negatives for children that worked in the factories and only a few positives, they were fed and gave 1 hour of education a week.

  • Oscar says:

    Chimney sweeps were very dangerous jobs. They put fires at the bottom of the chimney so the chimney sweeps would hurry up.

  • Brandon says:

    The steam engine was developed by James Watt in the 1760s, which helped the cotton industry and later steam trains. The first working steam train was invented by Richard Trevithick in 1806.

    In 1700, it took four days to travel from London to Manchester, but by 1870, it only took four hours. this was due to new technology which improved speed of transporting people and goods. The first railway was built in 1830 between Liverpool and Manchester.

  • Mrs Grundy says:

    Well done Year 6, these are excellent informative blogs!

  • Ammarah says:

    Samuel Crompton’s Spinning Mule, an important invention in 18th Century textile making. Mules were operated in pairs by a minder, with the help of two boys, known as the little piecer and the big, or side piercer.
    Samuel Crompton’s Spinning Mule, an important invention in 18th Century textile making. Mules were operated in pairs by a minder, with the help of two boys, known as the little piecer and the big, or side piercer. | Source
    The Industrial Revolution is the name given to the enormous changes that took place with technology, farming, mining, manufacturing, and transportation from the middle of the 18th Century through to the middle of the 19th Century.

    These changes had a massive impact on people’s social and cultural life, as well as their economic conditions

  • Connie says:

    James Watt

    James Watt was born on the 19th of January,1736 in Greenock Scotland. As a boy,James was had a poor health so his parents(James Watt and Agnes Muirhead)home-schooled him. James was named after his farther -James Watt-his father was a carpenter.Agnes Muirhead,his mother,died when he was only 19.



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