Our topic this term is the Victorians. We have been learning about workhouses. We have researched online and from books the conditions of Victorian workhouses. Poor people who were living on the streets often ended up in workhouses. The conditions were very bad; baths were taken with freezing cold water, the food was bread and soup which was bland and tasteless. In the workhouse, people were made to scrub the floors, unravel rope and clean the toilets. In the dining hall, there had to be absolute silence. Workhouses were not a nice place to be.
We are reading a book called ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. It is a story about the Jarvis family whose father died. The mother and her three children had to move into a one-roomed house. When they could no longer afford the one room, they ended up in the workhouse. The story is interesting and makes us happy to be living now and not in Victorian times!
We are learning a dance to a piece of music from the Oliver Twist musical. We are learning lots of different dance moves, including skipping, linking arms, clapping and dancing with partners. We get to pick our partners and we are enjoying the dance. We hope to perform this dance to parents later in the year. We are hoping to go to a Victorian living museum to learn more about the Victorian way of life. We are enjoying this topic. Come back soon to read more about our learning.
We have a display in our classroom of some examples of Victorian items:
By Maisie and Danny