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Spring Term 1

Oliver Twist

This term we are stepping back in time and into the shoes of Oliver Twist, an orphan boy living in Victorian London. We will be focusing on the genre classic fiction and basing our learning around one of Charles Dickens' most famous novels.     



To start, we will be applying our knowledge and understanding of biographical writing to create a biography of Charles Dickens. This will involve developing skills in skimming, scanning and note taking to gather and organise appropriate information on Charles Dickens to include in their writing.


Life in a Victorian Workhouse

Using their historical skills, the children will be investigating what life would have been like inside the workhouse - a place the character Oliver Twist spent many years. They will be looking at a range of primary and secondary sources to build a picture of the past and investigate if different evidence will lead to different conclusions.


The children will continue to work at a greater depth in number and non-number skills.  Some of this work will be linked to our topic and other subjects.


Ask the children the strategies they should use to help them with:

  • calculating with negative numbers
  • calculating with decimals



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