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Playscripts - when Oliver Twist meets the Artful Dodger

Because we are enjoying the story of Oliver Twist so much, we are now looking at the playscript version of the story. Here we are practicing the famous scene when Oliver meets the Artful Dodger. A few of us had a go at performing the scene to the class. 

Using an OS map of the area.

 As part of our Geography topic, Year Five have been looking at an OS map of the local area. We have learnt that the UK is a great producer of food and were investigating where our local farmland is. We found the farmland on the map in class, then looked outside to work out where it could be found. 

Freeze Frames - Oliver Twist

Year Five have thoroughly enjoyed reading Oliver Twist. In this activity, the children produced a freeze frame of the moment that Oliver is kidnapped by Nancy and Bill Sikes. One member of the group had to be Oliver, another Nancy, Bill and an onlooker. Some of the acting here captures the fear of Oliver, the anger of Bill Sikes and the confusion of a passerby. 

As part of our new Topic "Where food comes from", Year Five were given a challenge to create a piece of holiday homework based around this theme. Above are some links to a few of the Powerpoints that some children created. 

When History meets Geography

In Year Five, we have been using OS maps to locate potential Saxon settlements. We have looked at the endings endings of place names and worked out if they were Saxon settlements. Year Five loved combining their map work skills and a passion for History!


We saw that a few local places still use these Saxon words e.g. BurnLEY, SkipTON, BARROWFORD


Anglo-Saxon word


Anglo-Saxon word





Wooden hill




Shallow river crossing




Forest clearing




Fortified place


Enclosed village or farmstead





During "Dragon Day", some of the children were given the opportunity of playing either Joe, Maggie or the villagers from the story we read. The other members of the class put them into the hotseat and interviewed them as if they were the characters. Some excellent responses! 

Re-telling the story


Here are some examples of the children's retelling of the story. We have recently learnt how to add -ed subordinate clauses into narrative writing. Can you spot them? 



The children were given the task of recreating what they thought the "Gurt Wurm" looked like based on descriptions from the text. They were given some oil pastels and pencil crayons and used some blending techniques that they have learnt in Art this half term. 

In English so far, we have looked at the story of Robin Hood. It is a tale of one man and his group standing up against injustice. The wicked and greedy Abbot of Nottingham is forcing people to pay higher rents. Many people are being evicted from their homes when they cannot pay what is owed. 


Robin becomes an outlaw, defending the people against this cruelty. He famously "robs the rich to feed the poor" We will be doing some writing based on this story over the next few weeks. 



Come back later to see our Creative Writing based on this novel. 

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