Our topic this term will be…
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.
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 (persuasive letter)
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 sources and the novel to build a picture of life in a Victorian workhouse. From this, they will be writing a letter to Mr Bumble - the governor of Oliver's workhouse- to persuade him to change the conditions inside.
Whilst doing this, they will be revisiting Article 27: Every child has the right to a good standard of living, investigating how children were treated in the past before the UNCRC and making comparisons to today.
The children will be learning new vocabulary linked to the period the novel was set. Do you know the meaning of the following words?
workhouse, board, gruel, orphan, income, allowance, official, grace, copper, inmates, church wardens, undertaker, coffins, taunts, stall, charges, establishment, ‘post a sign’, routine, dawn, carts, store keepers, trench coat, laundry, handkerchiefs
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 whole numbers and decimals by compensating