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Spring Term 2

Oliver Twist

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




We applied our knowledge and understanding of biographical writing to create a biography of Charles Dickens. This involved 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 investigated what life would have been like inside the workhouse - a place the character Oliver Twist spent many years. They looked at a range of sources and the novel to build a picture of life in a Victorian workhouse. From this, they wrote a letter to Mr Bumble - the governor of Oliver's workhouse- to persuade him to change the conditions inside.


Whilst doing this, they revisited 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 learned 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


Persuasive Letters to Mr Bumble

Biographies on the Life of Charles Dickens



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  fractions

calculating percentages

calculating whole numbers and decimals by compensating