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My life in the workhouse

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By David Claytonauthor

A recount of a child’s life in a typical Victorian workhouse, complete with a virtual tour. Children can click on hot spots to reveal labels, captions and further information and to hear sound effects.

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Leaflet 1 and Leaflet 2 offer extracts from Berlie Doherty’s novel and play Street Child, featuring a London workhouse. This on-screen resource can be used before or after the group reading sessions to explore the fact behind the fiction. It includes a virtual tour of a workhouse. Children can click on hot spots to reveal labels, captions and further information and to hear sound effects.

Before reading

  • What do the children know about workhouses? What do they expect to find in the text? What are their feelings about workhouses?
  • Discuss how to navigate the text and what to click on first.

Reading/responding

  • Read the text together or read it in pairs/as a group/independently.
  • Challenge the children to find specific information and to explain how they found it. Was the resource easy to use? How has the writer brought the information to life?
  • Compare a daily workhouse routine with the school timetable.
  • Compare the text with that in Leaflet 1 (from Street Child by Berlie Doherty). How does the purpose and language of each text differ?
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Reviews

  1. me
    on 24 September 2016

    bad

    booooo

    1out of 5
  2. sam
    on 24 February 2011

    workhouses

    booooooooooooooooooo

    1out of 5
  3. elsa
    on 15 January 2011

    my life in the workhouse

    quite sad just brilliant