Welcome to Year 5! Our class teacher is Miss. Borill and our teaching assistants are Mrs.Talbot and Mrs Ambrose.
This term our topic in Year 5 is ‘Champions for Change’. This topic focuses on rulers and governments. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn in these different areas:
1. Personal Development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
2. International Understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. Children will also be visiting the Houses of Parliament as part of this topic. We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you! If your child has some work to research, please help them. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important! By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets and have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. If you have any comments about work your child has done, please get in touch.
The Year 5 Team
Street Child by Berlie Doherty
My story, mister? What d’you want to know that for? Ain’t much of a story, mine ain’t!”
And he looks at me, all quiet. “It is, Jim,” he says. “It’s a very special story.”
Jim Jarvis was a real boy, but not very much is known about him. His story and that of other orphans was written down in a series of very short pamphlets which Doctor Barnardo sent to wealthy people when he was trying to raise money to open an orphanage.
Thomas John Barnardo was born in Ireland in 1845. He came to London to study medicine but never qualified, though he liked to be known as Doctor Barnardo. He was eager to become a missionary in China but soon decided that his real mission was to help the poor children in the streets of London. First he opened up ‘Ragged Schools’ in the 1860s. In those days you had to pay to go to school, so Barnardo opened a school that was free, in the back streets of London. It was a warm, sheltered place where children could spend the day learning to read and write and to sing hymns! Later he opened up his first home for destitute children, a Cottage Home, in Stepney, London, in 1867. Barnardo was not a wealthy man himself but he raised money for the Homes by writing short pamphlets about the orphans he came across. He often said that meeting Jim Jarvis was what made him aware of the real plight of destitute children in London.
editions of Street Child.
Jim had run away from a workhouse after his mother died, and was helped by a woman who sold whelks and shrimps. He lived for a time on a coal lighter with a man and a dog and was treated very cruelly. After he ran away from them he lived in the streets and slept in the rooftops until he went to one of Doctor Barnardo’s Ragged School classes and asked him for help. That’s all that is known about him, but reading about it was enough to arouse my interest and my sympathy. I wanted to try to imagine what it was like for a little boy like Jim to be so utterly alone. I invented most of the characters in the book, and as far as I know Jim didn’t really have any sisters. His ’bruvver’ friend, Shrimps, is loosely based on Jack Somers, also known as Carrots, who actually came to Barnardo’s notice a little later. In real life Carrots died of starvation in a crate before Barnardo could give him a home. His tragic story also greatly influenced Doctor Barnardo, who put a notice on the doors of the Cottage Homes – ‘NO DESTITUTE BOY EVER REFUSED ADMISSION’.
Eventually Barnardo began to open up homes for girls, too. He died in 1905, but his work became known throughout the world, and many of his homes survived. The charity, now called Barnardo’s, still exists today to help young people in all kinds of ways.