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Being detectives

This term we have been studying Street Child by Berlie Doherty. We started the book by only being given the front cover and our job was to be detectives and collect clues from the pictures and words. After this we started to read the blurb and predicted what we thought might in the book. With the support of the contents page we considered when the book was set, who the main character was and where the story took place. 

 

                                                                                                                                 

 

Right or Wrong?

We then started to read the book and were hooked immediately on Jim Jarvis’ story, being totally shocked when Mr Spink (The Stick Man) asked the family to leave. For a while we debated the question: ‘Is Mr Spink right or wrong to ask the family to leave?’ As a class we decided to write Mr Spink a letter expressing our views – some of these were amazing.
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History - Victorian Timeline

During our first History lesson we had the opportunity to develop our knowledge of chronology by placing key dates on a timeline. We spent time discussing the main events that took place during the Victorian era (1837 to 1901) and the different interventions which were created. This learning allowed us to start developing our understanding of Queen Victoria's life and the impact she had on the country. Here are some photographs of us ordering key dates and events:

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Debate

The more we read, the more we found out about life in a Victorian Workhouse. To support this learning we investigated what life was like inside the workhouse, focusing on: the daily routine, menus for each meal and activities the Victorians were made to do while in the Workhouse. We were then left with the question: ‘Should Jim Jarvis stay or leave the workhouse?’ As a class we came up with a number of reasons why he should / shouldn’t stay at the workhouse and created Diamond 9s which highlighted the most important reasons for each side of our discussion. Here are a few examples:

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Our debate

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Hot Seating 

To explore the story further, we had the opportunity to explore the characters in more detail - asking them a range of open questions to get a better understanding. Here is our panel: 

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William Morris

This term during our Art lessons we have been studying William Morris, a British painter who lived during the Victorian Era. We have spent time:

  • Researching who this artist is
  • Recreating an image in his style
  • Creating our own designs
  • Creating a polystyrene tile
  • Printing our own designs

In Sycamore we feel like we have learnt a lot of exciting facts and had the chance to become really creative, here are some pictures of the different stages:  

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Our Victorian Open Museum

On Thursday 8th December, Sycamore held their Victorian Museums which was fantastic! The children had the opportunity to dress up as a Victorian for the afternoon and showcase all of their amazing homework and project work. Here are some photographs of the children's work:

Our lovely Victorians!

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