Ragged School!

We had such a wonderful time at the Ragged School on Friday. We travelled from Wimbledon to Mile End dressed as Victorian children and enjoyed a role play day at the museum. During the morning we learnt about some of the jobs children had to do at home in 1888. We investigated different artifacts and what they were used for and learnt lots about how the Victorians washed their clothes and kept warm in bed. We also went to school and had lessons with Mrs Perkins, a very strict Victorian teacher. We wrote with chalk on a blackboard and learnt a bit about the behaviour expected in a Victorian Schoolroom. We had a fantastic day and enjoyed stepping back in time to experience life as real Victorian children. 

Grammar and Punctuation Homework 10.11.17

Follow this link to the BBC Bitesize English page


Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the punctuation section. Watch the videos and complete the tasks for the following activities:

How to use commas in sentences

How to use brackets

How to use hyphens and dashes

Once you have done, share what you have learnt with the class. Create a sentence showing how to use commas, bracket and dashes in sentences. Here is my example:

The Ragged School, which is where we went for our school trip, has a Victorian school room and kitchen. 

Our first activity (and the most enjoyable) was learning all about the sorts of jobs children were required to do around the home during the Victorian era. 

Jim Jarvis – exhausted, weak and alone – sat with his arms hugged around his knees in the darkness of the alleyway. 

Remember to comment on the sentences that other children post too.


Grammar Games

For homework this week I would like you to have a go at these online grammar games. There are a few links that will help you to revise and consolidate your understanding of some of the things we have been doing in class.

Nouns and adjectives: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?e=spelling-grammar01

Different types of nouns: http://flash.topmarks.co.uk/3262

Different types of adjectives: http://flash.topmarks.co.uk/3263

Antonyms splat: http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/2011-12/english/reading-games/antonym-splat/index.html

Which games did you enjoy? What did you learn from playing? Which games made you think?

Remember to add a comment so that I know you have completed each game. I am sure you are going to be grammar whizzes by the time you have finished all of these.




The Workhouse

Here is a picture of a Workhouse in Exeter in 1744. I have added it to the blog because it links with our guided reading text for this week and with our class book ‘Streetchild’. In the book Jim has arrived at the Workhouse and is quickly learning that it is not a nice place to be. 

Imagine Workhouses were still around today in 2017 and you ended up being taken there to live and to work to earn your keep.

What would you miss about your life?

What would be the worst thing about living in the Workhouse? 

If you could take one thing into the Workhouse what would it be? 

Spelling Homework

Follow the link above and play some of the homophone spelling games. Some of them are trickier than others so try to play them all. Make a note of the words that you were not sure of and work on these. We are going to have a homophone class quiz and I will be taking some of the words and using them in the quiz. Will they be the ones that you have worked on…?

Which was your favourite game? Why? Which words did you find tricky?

Year 6 Grammar Homework

For homework this week I would like you to visit the website below and complete the word class tutorial and complete the quiz. Next week in guided reading the grammar activity will be based on this this, so the activity will be good preparation. Don’t forget to post a comment to share your learning and what you did well or found tricky.

Extra Challenge: Can you compose a sentence that includes all the word classes? Is it possible?



Street Child

This week we have started our new class book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. We have met Jim Jarvis and his sisters and mum and are looking forward to hearing the rest of his story. Today we wrote haikus and tankas to communicate characters thoughts and feelings and to give a flavour of the first chapter. We will post some up once they are finished.

The picture above is of our special Street Child display in our book corner. Last Friday we explored Victorian houses in our local area and then we sketched them and used water colours to paint our own. They are displayed altogether to make our very own Victorian street.

What are your thoughts about the book so far? What do you think will happen next? What will happen to the family if they have no money?

Does anyone have any ideas about what else we could add to our book corner display?


New Computing Project – Animation

Today we started a new computing project learning all about the history of animation. We watched Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Pauvre Pierrot, which was exhibited in 1892 when he opened his Theatre Optique at the Musee Grevin. 

We enjoyed following the story and talking about how we thought the animation worked and the technology that was used. The children in Year 6 had lots of super ideas.

I have since found out that this animation is also believed to be the first usage of film perforations and originally consisted of 500 individually painted images. That is a lot of drawing!

Here is a link to the clip so that you can see it again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib3xjIWiYZY

Do you have any further questions about this early animation? Can you find out anything else about how it was made and technology used? How did it work all those years ago?

Extra Challenge: Can you do your own research and find out which animations or animators came after 1892? What did they do? Which technology did they use?

Don’t forget to share your findings.