Today in history we learned about how, by the end of the Victorian era, Britain controlled an empire – the largest in the history of the world – that covered almost a quarter of the surface of the Earth and included almost a quarter of its people. We discussed what was meant when it was said that “the sun never set on the British empire.”
We talked about how Britain became rich from trade with the empire and London became the world’s largest and wealthiest city and port. We looked at images of the wharfs and warehouses along the Thames at that time and at some of London’s grand, iconic Victorian buildings.
On Monday, we’ll continue the lesson by looking in more detail at the British control of India – the so-called “jewel in the crown” of the empire – when we’ll try also to see the empire from the point of view and through the experience of the Indian nation and people. Several members of the class come from families that once lived in countries formerly part of the empire. If there is any family history that they could share, then that would be incredibly valuable to our learning.
We need to start planning the class Christmas hoop. I’m open to ideas, of course, but one thought is to try to create a blizzard of snowflakes.
This week’s Friday challenge is to come up with a design idea and – if you go with the blizzard concept – perhaps to try creating a sample snowflake.
If there’s a mum or dad with arts and crafts skills (and a snowflake plan!) who’d like to come into the class for an afternoon to help create the Christmas hoop then you would be very welcome.
Working with Mr Cranston this morning, the children did a science practical to simulate the human digestive system. It’d probably be best if they explain, although I’m not sure that I can see too much of the “end product” that we were aiming to create in these pictures.
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A reminder that tomorrow children and staff are invited to come into school in their onesie or pyjamas.
In return, we are asking those dressing up to donate a coin which we will pass on to Children in Need. Children in Need is the BBC’s UK charity that raises money to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.
Thank you for your support.
In maths we learned or recapped the method for finding the perimeter of a shape and then practised drawing shapes with different perimeters.
We’ve received our first consignment of letters from our new penpals in Montpellier