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Eagles Class Spring Term 2018

Eagles' Investigate Victorian Workhouses - April 2018

As part of our Street Child topic, we have been learning all about what life was like for those people unfortunate enough to end up in the Workhouse. We looked at lots of information in order to find out what a typical day in the Workhouse would have been like.



We were really shocked by how the people (particularly the young children) were treated just because they were poor. Here is a video that we watched:

After hearing all about the day to day life of a workhouse inmate, we then went into the hall and were given a typical workhouse meal consisting of: bread, cheese and gruel! Most of us could eat the stale bread and the cheese but the gruel was a different matter!




I knew that the Gruel would not be very nice but until I tasted it I hadn't realised just how bad it was going to be!                                                        Chloe Yr 5


I didn't like sitting in silence, listening to the Bible being read out and having to  look down at my meal at all times. It made me realise how lucky I am to have all of the choices I have in my life!                                                          Mattie Yr 6


I was the only one who ate everything on my plate ... including the Gruel. I didn't think it was that bad. I realised that in the workhouse you would eat the food even if you didn't like it as it was better than starving to death.         Archie Yr 6

We are now going to use all of this information in order to write inspection reports and draw posters to try and convince people to vote for closing these workhouses down and helping poor people rather than punishing them!

Eagles visit the Black County Living Museum - March 2018

On Friday 23rd March we visited the Black Country Living Museum as part of our Street Child topic. We wanted to learn more about and experience what life was like for children growing up in victorian times. We especially wanted to find out more about the jobs that children had to do in order to earn a living such as: a mine worker (being a Trapper or a Drawer); a chain maker; working on the coal barges as well as being a Chimney Sweep. We had a great day as it really brought history to life for us. Here is a slideshow of our day:


Eagles Try Out Mudlarking - Friday 9th March 2018

In Eagles, we have been exploring how to write a Mudlark Finding Tale using our knowledge of what is was like to be a victorian mudlark. We all brought in objects that we thought were possible 'finds' and we wanted to experience what it was like - even if it was for a short while!

Mrs Williams hid items in different areas of the school grounds and in our mudlarking gangs we had to scavenge around trying to find the objects. Here are some photos of us mudlarking and some of our comments afterwards:

Even after just a few minutes, my hands began to get really cold and it was difficult to feel anything.                                                                                          Emma
When I first saw the mud I felt quite excited because I didn't know if there was an object hiding in there or not. However, after a few plunges, I soon realised that it was tough work. I couldn't imagine having to do that all day.           Archie
The mud was so cold that my fingers went numb quite quickly. It felt horrible having to put my hand in the mud and not knowing what was in there. My fingers were so cold that I didn't realise I had found something because I didn't really have much feeling in my fingertips.                                                          Willow
It made me realise how desperate these children must have been to even think about mudlarking. They had no warm clothes or shoes and no-one to really care about them. I felt sad that they had to do this just to survive.                        Tom





After mudlarking, we then wrote a paragraph of a finding tale describing the moment that the mudlark in our stories found something. It really did help to experience mudlarking so that our descriptions were much more accurate for the reader. We are now thinking of what will happen as a result of our mudlarker finding this object so that the action can really begin!

Eagles Half-Term Homework: The Job of The Mudlark

Eagles are reading the book 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty and we are learning about the types of jobs that victorian children did especially if they were poor. One of these jobs was being a Mudlark.

A Mudlark is someone who scavenges in the river mud for any valuable item that could be sold to pay for food or rent. They were usually either youngsters aged between eight and fifteen and though most Mudlarks were male, girls could also be scavengers. It was filthy, hard work as the mud and water was dirty from raw sewage as well as deadly diseases such a Cholera and Typhoid. It was not an easy life! We are going to use our learning in order to help us to write a Mudlark Story. 

Click on the picture below to hear Gyp's Story:

Watch the video below of the opening scene of the 1950 film 'The Mudlark'. It gives a real sense of what it must have been like to be a victorian mudlark.

 We wonder what we will find when we have a go at Mudlarking!

Eagles Model how Day and Night Occurs - 5th February 2018

In Science, Eagles have been learning about the Earth and the Sun and how this causes Day and Night on Earth. We learnt that on his spacewalk, the british astronaut Tim Peak,  only had 31 minutes in which to complete the work needed on the space station's solar panels as this is how long night lasts on the ISS. We then thought about how day and night occured on Earth. This video gives a short introduction to day and night:

As we were unable to see it from space, Mrs Hughes gave us the next best thing - a torch and a Tennis Ball! We had to show our understanding of how day and night happen and then try and explain it through using our own diagrams.



Here is our class answer:

 We have day and night because the Earth rotates. It spins on its axis, which is an imaginary line passing through the North and South Poles. The Earth takes a whole day (24 hours) to make a complete turn. At any time half of the Earth faces the sun so this part of the Earth had daytime. The other half of the Earth faces away from the Sun so it receives no light and so has night. 

Eagles Learn the Angles Song - 19th January 2018


In our maths lessons, we are learning about shapes and angles. As always, Mrs Hughes has a silly song to help us remember the key information that we will need in order to do well in our lessons. The latest is helping us remember the different types of angles to a very familiar tune!! 

Click here to download the lyrics and sing along!

Click below to listen to the song

Our task for homework will be to teach the song and the dance moves to someone at home. 

Mrs Hughes can't wait to hear how everyone gets on! 

Eagles present their 'Out of this World' Power Projects - January 2018

Over the holidays, Eagles have been working really hard on their Power Project all based around Space. Their was so much variety in their work! Each of us had to present our work to a group of others. Here is a selection of our work - It is also on display by Eagles classroom so please come and have a look!





Eagles Street Child Project Begins

This term our focus in English is the book 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. It recounts the life story of Jim Jarvis, a young boy who lived in London in the Victorian Era. We can't wait to find out what life was like for people in this period of history and compare it to the life of Queen Victoria. 

Eagles are 'Out of This World'!

We are learning about Space and all of the wonders it holds. As well as completing our Power Projects on Space, we've also got lots of questions:

  • How big is space?
  • Is there anything next to, above or below Space?
  • What does a planet need to have to be called a Planet?
  • Is there an easy way of remembering the order of the planets?
  • How long would it take to travel to Neptune?
  • Are all the days and nights on the planets the same length?
  • What skills or qualifications do you need to become an Astronaut?

To help us remember the names and order of the planets in the Solar System, Mrs Hughes found another one of her songs that we sing/rap at the start of our lessons. Mrs Hughes takes the part of The Sun and does a good job of rapping! We think that she secretly is a rap-star!!!!