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w/b 24th January

Topic: This week, we are finding out about life for Victorian children. Poorer children had to work as either chimney sweeps or down the coal mines. Richer children would have been kept at home, being taught how to be prim and proper. They would have been taught and cared for by a nanny, often not seeing their parents for long periods of time. This way of working for children changed during the Victorian era as Queen Victoria made it illegal to send children up chimneys and down coal mines before the age of 11 and instead, children went to school. We will be finding out what life was like in these roles for children and what sort of life they would have lived. 


Learning from home? Click on the link below to find out more about what life was like for Victorian children. Then compare life for a child in the 1820s with a child now in the 2020s. 




Literacy: Our grammar focus is to use commas to mark clauses. We started thinking about main and subordinate clauses last week so this week, is about mastering the use of the correct punctuation when writing. 

This week we are going to be using chapter 4 and 5 of Oliver Twist to inspire our writing. Here, we are introduced to some of Oliver's new friends that he meets on the streets. First, we meet The Artful Dodger, a boy the same age as Oliver who has been living on the streets his whole life. We are then introduced to Fagin and the other boys who all live together in a house but Oliver is still not sure what their story is. Because Oliver has escaped the workhouse, we are going to design Wanted posters, giving a description of Oliver and offering a reward for his capture. Before we can do this, we must be able to identify conjunctions in a sentence and use them to create our own sentences, using main and subordinate clauses.  I will be modelling sentences on the board for the children to finish and adapt to create their own sentences. 


Learning from Home? Why don't you keep a diary of what you do this week, writing every day. Remember to use the first person, past tense, include some of your thoughts and feelings and record the events in chronological order. Include some subordinate clauses if you can remember how to do this (e.g. When I felt better, I watched a film on the sofa with my mum. Because I was not feeling well, I snuggled up under my duvet and had a nap. If the weather is nice tomorrow, I will play in my garden.) 


Maths: We are moving onto the statistics unit this week. We will be using tally charts, bar graphs and pictograms to present information. We will also be asking and answering questions about this data, analysing what we have found out. 


Learning from home? Use the links and resources below to access what you need each day.