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Back in time

Ever since taking part in Oliver Twist my little boy in rags has wanted to learn more about Dickensian times and I’ve been promising this topic for ages.  Lets hope it’s all he imagined it to be!

Having spent a week or two learning about WW1, we looked at what life was like at home; particularly how the roles of women changed which led us nicely back to how men and women had been treated differently prior to the outbreak of war.  We’ve had some interesting discussions about the expectation for girls to look after the home and how poor children were sent out to work from an early age.  In his usual dramatic way he has then wailed back at me (after a bit of an argument about the need to work hard), “don’t send me to work up a chimney…”  and, “You can’t make me go to work!”  We also had a worrying moment when I created some maths problems about sharing coal into groups and he

using smarties to understand fractions of number
using smarties to understand fractions of number

imagined he was a child worker who needed to be quick or the boss would be cross.  He was really engaged in this role play until he got stuck and went into a complete panic that he was going to be beaten by this imaginary boss for not being quick enough… I think my son immerses himself a little too much into character.  Maybe I should look into method acting for him!

 

 

 

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The Plenary!

A planned group trip to Howletts zoo this week has been a perfect way to conclude our Explorers/Deadly 60 learning.  We were able to reinforce so much of the topic here and it has been so rewarding to hear C talking so knowledgeably about the animals we have been researching.   Wild animal ‘Top Trumps’ have been better than any homework could have been for enriching the learning after the trip as he is now retaining all kinds of facts.  But what better way to round off a Deadly 60 topic than to receive a letter from the man himself!  Well his manager anyway.  I’m not sure who was more excited when the post came!

his treasured post card
his treasured post card
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personalised too!

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