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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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Remembrance and WW1

A day out to se the poppies installation at The Tower of London was our incentive to launch into a week or two of learning about WW1.  We visited The Tower on the 10th and so, still a little jet lagged and starting our days pretty late we spent a chilled out Tuesday morning following Remembrance services on the TV and holding our own 2 minute silence.  We watch every year and I’m always struck by how C is touched by the coverage.  Once again taking full opportunity of the freedom that HE gives us we took our neighbours’ dogs for a walk up to a local war memorial and followed this with a visit to the library to see what books we could find about WW1.  There isn’t a lot that is suitable for KS1 but we found a few and have managed a fair bit of reading independently with some chapters needing extra support.  It always amazes me that, when engaged and motivated to do so, children will attempt to read far more challenging texts than we would generally expect.

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