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Charles Dickens Birthday

February 3rd| Michael Mountford

Charles Dickens’ Birthday

Charles John Huffam Dickens was born in Portsmouth on the 7th of February 1812. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Classroom Ideas

Charles Dickens Class Display

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the topic of Charles Dickens.

Character Costume Show

A great way to help kids engage with the characters and stories is to hold a class, or even school, wide costume show. Let them dress up and show off their creative side.

Lesson Ideas

BBC Bitesize has some amazing online resources that can be utilised in the classroom. Click the image below to be taken to their website.


YouTube has an absolute abundance of videos surrounding Charles Dickens and all of his works.

I have handpicked a few that I believe could be used within the classroom and alongside both reading and writing activities.

The Life of Charles Dickens

A brilliant animated video from BBC Teach introducing the life and works of Charles Dickens.

The Personal History of David Copperfield Trailer

The newly adapted David Copperfield film is a fantastic way to introduce children into the somewhat lengthy book.

Selecting certain scenes from the film and having the class read along and make notes on similarities and differences between the two could be a good activity.

Another activity could be using scenes from the film and having children write down what they notice about Victorian London and how it may differ from present day London.

Charles Dickens Horrible Histories

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for how to celebrate Charles Dickens’ Birthday.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)

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