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Today in English, I want you to look at the images of Victorian times and see what descriptive language you can come up with to describe them.


Using what we have already learned, can you write your own historical setting? This could be used next week in our writing phase. I will need you to send me these please on Class Dojo so I can give you feedback for them, ready for Monday's learning. 


If possible, it would be really helpful if you could watch a version of Oliver! - I think you can get it on Amazon Prime or Youtube but you may have to pay. Do not worry at all if you can't watch it, it isn't essential. 


I have also attached a story planner. Can you please begin to plan your story and where you want to go with it next week? It doesn't have to be a full story, maybe just a chapter where something challenging happens to the main character. Think about names too- feel free to google typical Victorian era names to give you inspiration. You can do this in bullet points or a thought shower or in sentences; it is your choice.


I have also included a link to the BBC website - the Charles Dickens show - where you can watch videos to give you more insight. Charles Dickens presents a topical chat show about workhouses in Victorian times. In 1861, 35,000 children under 12 lived and worked in workhouses in Britain. A workhouse boy, very like Charles Dickens's famous character Oliver Twist, reports on the living conditions there, including work picking out old ropes, harsh discipline and punishment by whipping. We move on to meet a workhouse cook and find out about the typical diet of a workhouse child. Finally, we meet the activist Thomas Barnado. He tells us about his work to improve life for poor children, including opening the first children's homes.

Victorian era photographs