Eagles Class Learning: Autumn Term 2021
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How much do you know about one of our greatest monarchs?
Victoria was a British Queen who reigned from 1837 to 1901. At the time of her death, she was the longest-reigning British monarch, but she has since been overtaken by Queen Elizabeth II. The 'Victorian' period of history is named after her.
Click on the picture below to watch a video all about Queen Victoria and her reign:
Want to find out more about Queen Victoria? Listen to the Podcast below (it is about 5 minutes long) and then see if you can answer the questions below. Good Luck!
|1) Queen Victoria was the ruler of what country?|
2) Which of the following best describes Queen Victoria's childhood?
|A||She spent much of it in prison|
|B||She grew up on a poor farm in the English countryside|
|C||She was tutored by adults and seldom got to play with other children|
|D||She was an orphan adopted by the King of England|
|E||Her father was king and she attended the best public schools|
3) True or False: Young Victoria was in line to be the next ruler of England from the day she was born.
4) Which of the following is a nickname given to Queen Victoria?
|A||The Most Beautiful|
|D||Grandmother of Europe|
5) Where did Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, come from?
6) Which of the following best describes the United Kingdom during Queen Victoria's reign?
|A||War and famine|
|C||Peace and Prosperity|
|D||A time of riots and internal uprisings|
7) Around how many years did Queen Victoria rule the United Kingdom?
8) True or False: Queen Victoria never had any children and left the kingdom to her nephew.
9) Queen Victoria also took the title as the empress of what country?
10) How old was Queen Victoria when she became queen?
|A||7 years old|
|B||18 years old|
|C||25 years old|
|D||32 years old|
|E||47 years old|
So how did you do on the Queen Victoria Quiz? Here are the answers:
|1) United Kingdom||2) She was tutored by adults and seldom got to play with other children||3) False||4) Grandmother of Europe||5) Germany|
6) Peace and Prosperity
|7) 63 Years||8) False||
|10) 18 years old|
Eagles Summer Holiday Extreme Reading Challenge
Over the summer holiday, Mrs Hughes set us all a challenge - to take a photograph of ourselves reading in the most unusual, strange or unexpected place that we could think of. It was quite a challenge!! Here are a selection of our photographs:
We loved looking at each others photos and seeing all the different places that people had been reading. We have now placed these in the classroom in our book corner so that the whole school can see our reading adventures!
Eagles Summer Holiday Victorian Pre-Learning Projects
Over the summer holiday, Mrs Hughes asked us to prepare for our Victorian Street Child class topic. We were given four research topics to choose from and once we had found out some information, we could present our projects in any way we liked such as a powerpoint, an information booklet, a podcast or a video. The themes were:
Recipes from the VIctorian Era
Queen Victoria's Coronation
In class, we were able to share our work with a small group as a way of showcasing our hard work. It was interesting to see how everyone had presented their work differently! Here are some pictures of our projects:
Want to read some of our presentations? Then click on the links below!
Eagles' Queen Victoria Presentation: 24th September 2021
To get our Street Child topic up and running, we began by looking at the life of monarch which the Victorian Era is named after - Queen Victoria. Using a range of sources, (videos, books, websites) we researched all about her life under these categories:
Early Life, Childhood and Schooling
Becoming Queen and the Coronation
Marriage and Family
Later Life and Death
Other Memorable Events
Here are a couple of examples of how we decided to lay out our research in an organised and helpful way:
Once we had found out all of this information, we thought of how we could present it to others. In our Computing lessons, we are looking at computer networks and systems, so we thought we would use that learning and produce a class, collaborative presentation. This meant that we all could work on the same presentation at the same time. We allocated slides to different teams of writers who were responsible for the information, pictures and videos on that slide. Each team had a particular area of her life to write about using their research to support them. We loved feeling that we were all working on the same thing and it was great to watch what people were doing on their slides in 'real' time.
After the presentation was completed, we used the comment function to give each other feedback on their slides; it was nice to get feedback in this way from our friends and from our teachers.
We are really proud of our presentation and we hope that you enjoy reading it and finding out all about this amazing monarch. Use the left or right arrows in the controls to navigate through the slides. Any videos will play with a click on the videos play button. There is also a music option; click on the sound icon if you would like to hear some suitable music to accompany the slideshow. To stop the music at any time, return to slide 1 and click on the icon again.
The Case Of Willliam Towers - Prisoner 4099: 1st October 2021
After investigating the life of Queen Victoria, we have now taken on the case of William Towers. First we were given a picture from the case file and we had to discuss what we thought we could work out about him.
I think he looks sad; he is just about to cry. I feel sorry for him.
I think the number could be his Workhouse number
He could be an orphan because his clothes don't look rich or well-made. Maybe he has been living on the streets and he has been caught by the police and he is wearing a prison uniform.
After some time thinking about who this person at the centre of the case could be, we were then given another picture. We were told that there was a connection between the girl and the boy. This really intrigued us!
Many of us thought that if he was a Street Child, that maybe she was his long lost sister or cousin and that once he had found her, he had a family again. We couldn't wait to find out more!
The next session, we were put into 5 groups and we rotated around 5 different pieces of historical evidence to find out more about this person. We looked at his birth certificate and found out that he was called William Towers and he was born in 1861. Here is a transcript of his certificate.
|Registration District: Richmond Surrey
1861 Birth in the Sub-District of Richmond in the County of Surrey
|1. When and where born:||
Nineteenth January 1861
Kew Road Richmond
|2. Name:||William Robert|
|4. Name and surname of father:||William Robert Towers|
|5. Name, surname and maiden surname of mother:||Mary Towers, formerly Gridley|
|6. Occupation of father:||Bricklayer (Journeyman)|
|7. Signature, description and residence fo informant:||
Mary Towers. Mother.
Kew Road Richmond
|8. When registered:||Nineteenth February 1861|
|9. Signature of registrar||James Darnill, Registrar|
At another station, we looked at the Census form that the family filled in 10 years later in 1871. This told us that when he was 10, he was part of a big family; he had an older sister called Elizabeth and (at this stage) 7 younger brothers!
We were still wondering how the girl with the rabbits was involved. It was then that we found the next document. It was a Prison Charge Sheet from 1872 filled in when William was 12. It was then that we realised that the number 4099 was his prison number and that he had been sent to prison for stealing two, live tame rabbits!
Here is a transcript of the charge sheet:
|Name||William Towers 4099|
|Age on discharge:||12|
|Where born:||Richmond, Surrey|
|Married or Single:||Single|
|Trade or occupation:||None|
|Any other distinguishing mark:||None|
|Address at time of arrest:||9 Botroms Place, Near Richmond|
|Place and date of conviction||Richmond 20th December 1872|
|Offence for which convicted||
stealing 2 live tame rabbits
|Sentence:||1 Month Hard Labour|
|Date to leave prison:||16th January 1873|
|Intended residence after leaving prison||
9 Botroms Place
|Names of Police Officers , prison warders, or others who can identify and prove convictions:||H Ward VW|
We noticed so much from this document. We worked out that he was sent to prison over Christmas so we thought maybe he had stolen the rabbits to feed his family. Could the family have fallen on hard times? Was William's father too ill to work so William had tried to go out and earn some money? Many of us thought that the punishment was too harsh for a 12 year old boy whereas others felt that he had broken the law and so should have been punished.
Life was tough for children who were sent to prison. They were made to do tasks such as stone splitting and Oakum picking. If the children did not work hard enough then they would be whipped or chained to the wall of their cell without anything to eat or drink. These two videos gave us an idea of what life was like as a prisoner.
After looking at different documents, we thought about the guilty verdict that was placed upon William at such a young age. By looking at all the evidence, it was obvious that even though William had stolen the rabbits from the young girl called Rose Fortesque there were clear reasons why he should have been helped rather than charged.
To help us understand the case better, we produced our own podcast. This podcast called Interviews with Crime: The Case of William Towers features interviews with all the main characters involved in the case played by members of the class. We hope that you enjoy listening to our podcast and that it gives you 'food for thought' about the lives of poor children in Victorian Britain.
Do you think the punishment fitted William's crime?
Our next task was to write a letter to our local Councilor (who was also a judge) that would clearly show that his conviction should be overturned and therefore his name would be cleared for the rest of history. Here are two examples:
Dear Councillor Chambers
I really appreciate you taking the time to read this letter concerning the miscarriage of justice against William towers (WT- 48592- 1872). The young man in question, William towers, was sent to an adult prison at the age of, just, 12 for stealing two live tame rabbits. I strongly believe this insignificant crime should never have been heard in court when there were far worst crimes in the community; I really hope you overturn it.
William was a normal, hardworking adolescent; he was born on 19th January 1861 in Richmond, Surrey, London. He was one of 7 children; William was the second child and the eldest son. His parents (William R Towers and Mercy Towers) were decent, hardworking, respectable people who would do anything for their family. His father was a bricklayer which was a low paid, tough and tiring job with many risks involved. This meant he had severe breathing difficulties due to breathing in lots of fumes at work. No one in his family had broken any laws and all were law abiding citizens. This was a one off! It’s not fair!
On the 20th of December 1872 Williams’s life changed forever. William stole two live tame rabbits from a Miss Rose Fortesque (a very rich child who had everything she wanted). The consequence for his actions was 1 month hard labour in an adult prison. I believe that this is simply not fair! A 12 year old child in an adult prison splitting stones over Christmas is not how a child should be treated. William was only sent to Marylebone to knock on doors and ask for little jobs he could do for a bit of money. Then he saw two gorgeous rabbits. He was poor and he thought he could sell one to get some money and have one for the family's Christmas dinner. What would be your verdict for this petty crime? Was this necessary?
Yes it is true that William did indeed commit a crime; theft is (and always has been) against the law. However there were reasons why William was forced to steal and these were not listened to by the authorities. Firstly, his family was in a tricky situation; due to being a bricklayer Williams’s father’s health had deteriorated and therefore he had stopped earning money for the family. His mother stopped working too to look after her husband so there was a lack of money in the family. William just wanted to make his family proud. As it was Christmas, as his family were starving, he was so desperate that the rabbits seemed to be the only solution to his problems. I feel that William should have been helped rather than punished
I urge you to repeal this conviction and clear Williams’s name. The case of a 12 year old boy doing what he could for his family, desperate to support his loved ones, is a sad and sorry tale. Don’t we all make mistakes? Please make the right decision for William, his family and his descendants.
Dear Councillor Chambers,
Thank you for taking some time of your day to read this letter concerning the case of William Towers, (case number: WT-48592-1872) a young chap who was sent to an adult prison at the age of 12 years old for stealing 2 live tame rabbis. I strongly believe that a boy of just 12 years old should not have been convicted and you should clear his name.
William was a normal hard working boy born in Richmond, Surrey (A poor part of London). He was born on 19th January. His parents (William R Towers and Mercy Towers) were hard-working respectful people who had 7 children ( 5 boys including William and 1 girl). They would do anything for their children. William was the 2nd oldest son and the second child born. As one of the oldest, he had to look after the younger ones, while his father and mother went to work, His father, William R Towers, was a self-employed bricklayer. His job was very tiring and dangerous. Bricklayers could lose a body part, breathe in all the dust and have health problems. You did not get much of a good income for this dangerous job so his mother, Mercy Towers, was a self-employed launderess.
On 20th December 1872, at just the age of 12, William stole 2 live tame rabbits after going house to house to house in a rich part of London looking for work. His father was unwell and could not work so William had to do what he could to support the family. After being arrested for stealing the rabbits, he went to a adult prison over this petty crime. Worst still, he was given one month hard-labor, over Christmas, away from family. I believe that no child should be treated like this. Would you like to be treated like this? He was only trying to do what he thought was best for his family.
Yes, William committed a crime but it was for good reasons. He was looking for work to get money for his family when he came across the rabbits. As there was no money coming into the family, they could not feed themselves or have money for a nice Christmas. William was trying to support his mother, brothers and sister. He was not a criminal. he was just a poor boy.
I urge you to overturn his sentence immediately and clear his name.
We felt that this case showed just how tough it was to live in Victorian times, especially if you were poor. We would love to know your thoughts about this case so please fill in the short survey below. Thank you.
Eagles Collaborative Presentations: 22nd October 2021
The theme of our Computing sessions this half term was 'Computer Systems and Networks'. In the lessons, we looked at how computer systems support our everyday lives such as online shopping. We also looked at how information is shared across the internet. This video explains a little more about how the internet works:
Mrs Hughes then set us the task of creating a group presentation about an animal but we were only allowed to collaborate using technology. To create our presentations, we used Google Slides as we could collaborate using the 'Chat' function. This meant that we could sit in different areas of the classroom and our groups could all work on the same presentation at the same time. Here are some of our thoughts:
Using the chat function meant that even though I was not with the other people in my group, I could still talk to them and ask them questions. I like working in this way because it meant that we had to all know what part of the presentation that we were working on and everyone had to do their bit. Daniel (Year 6)
I loved working on my presentation in this way because it meant that everybody had to work to complete the presentation Jude (Year 5)
I liked it when Mrs Hughes could 'hop on' to our presentation and give us feedback on our presentation using the chat tool. Riley (Year 6)
Here are a couple of our presentations. We hope you enjoy reading them: