Junior School

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Week beginning 29.06.2020

For this week, we will be carrying on with our new book, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. There will be a transcript or a sheet available for you to read along while you listen. Please follow the link below to take you to the audio recording of the book:


Remember, you can always complete your work in your purple book.

Lesson 1: Character description The Artful Dodger


Have a look at the Powepoint below and watch the clip where Oliver first meets The Artful Dodger. Use the template to create the character description or use the 2nd sheet for a less challenging task.

Lesson 2:  Dr. Barnardo’s letter.




Find out about Dr. Barnardo and what he did for poor children in Victorian London:


Listen to episode 3 of the story.


Write a formal letter to Queen Victoria.

Explain who you are and why you are writing.  (Orphans, poverty, child labour, children thrown into prison)

How you are feeling about not being able to provide enough help for all the children in need.

Explain what you are expecting might happen if nothing is done.

Request her support in putting an end to child poverty.


Use the structured letter example for a less challenging task.

Lesson 3: Listening comprehension

Answer the following questions on episode 4.



Lesson 4: Oliver’s diary entry


Listen to episode 5.


Imagine you are Oliver. Write a diary entry detailing what has happened to you since you’ve arrived in London. Include the following:

Your first meeting with the Artful Dodger

Meeting Fagin and practicing picking pockets

Being arrested and then saved by Mr Brownlow

Kidnapped by Nancy and Bill Sykes

Being forced to break into a house

Being shot and then abandoned

Rescued by Rose


Use the diary with prompts sheet for a less challenging task


Lesson 5: A balanced argument


What is a balanced argument?

A balanced argument looks at different points of view on an issue, providing arguments for and against. 

It presents a balanced set of arguments without leaning one way or the other.

The key with balanced arguments is to present both sides of an argument, providing evidence for both, even if you are choosing to argue one way or another.

Doing this successfully, showing that your argument is not 'biased', is a great way to lend credibility to your argument.

Arguments that only present one side of a debate can easily be dismissed as biased and are unlikely to carry much weight.


Was Fagin right in making the orphan children steal and making them believe that what they were doing was ok?

Today, it's all about planning your argument. Watch the clip and have a look at the examples below. Use the planning sheets to plan your argument. Use the differentiated sheet for a less challenging task.