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Terms 1 and 2 : The Mysteries of Victorian Life

Dear Parents,

The Year 5 team are extremely enthusiastic about our new topic: The Victorians.

During our topic, the children will have the chance to become detectives to solve the greatest mystery of the Victorian age with the help of the master sleuth himself, Sherlock Holmes. This experience will form the start of our topic and for this we ask the children to come dressed as Victorians on Monday 7th September. They will also need the costume again for our Victorian Day nearer Christmas time. We thought we would give you part of the holidays to find a costume for these exciting activities ahead.

Other curriculum areas that will be enhanced through our topic will be the children having the opportunity to write crime reports, Victorian mystery stories and explanation texts, as well as to read and perform some nonsense poetry.

During art, the children will be creating their own line and tone drawings inspired by William Morris and DT will allow the children to design and create their own clock with working components as well as their own hand-made book.

Throughout the history curriculum, we will be researching Queen Victoria and her family, the growth of her empire, rich and poor life, Victorian Schools, apothecaries, workhouses, as well as the amazing inventions that took place during this exciting era.

Our science topic will be exploring properties of materials looking at reversible and irreversible changes. This will tie in beautifully with our Victorian theme, including the creation of potions and lotions for a local apothecary, therefore becoming very cross-curricular.

We would be really grateful for a topic contribution of £4.00 per child to allow us to complete some extra creative activities. This support allows us to enhance the children’s curriculum with the lovely activities that they will taste, make or take part in such as Victorian Day treats, Sky at night evening, Mothers’ and Fathers’ day cards and our Asian banquet. These are just a few of the extra activities that your money will go towards.

As always, if anyone has any skills or expertise in any of the subjects mentioned or would just like to help we would certainly value your time, just let a member of staff know.

We hope the children have an amazing summer holiday and a well-deserved rest. Attached are some costume ideas for dressing as a Victorian.

Thank you for your support,

The Year 5 Team ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
I have given a contribution of £4.00 cash for my child.............................................. to produce some extra activities this year.

Signed......................................

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