A Christmas Carol - December 2017
For the last few weeks of term Year 6 have been studying the Charles Dickens classic 'A Christmas Carol' in their English work. We have been getting to grips with life in London over 170 years ago and trying to understand some of the old-fashioned vocabulary which is used in what is arguably the greatest Christmas story ever told. The children have been immersing themselves in the text and trying to unpick the complex nature of the character that is Ebeneezer Scrooge. For the famous scene in which Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, the children went on a journey into the depths of the school cellar. The lights were extinguished and by the faint glow of just a single candle they listened to the story and experienced just what it would have been like for Scrooge when the ghost told him he was to be visited by three spirits. So enjoyable was the experience that the children decided they want to hear the whole book sat in the cellar! We have also been enjoying playing 'blind man's buff' - the same game Bob Cratchit plays with his children on Christmas Eve. The text is very challenging but the Year 6's are beginning to get a fantastic understanding of this wonderful tale.