Welcome to Ruaha Class

This term, Ruaha class have immersed themselves in the lives of the Victorians. We have been fascinated finding out what life was like for both rich and poor children during the Victorian era, we certainly didn’t like the idea of working down a mine or in a factory. A highlight of the term was Victorian Day when we dressed in Victorian costume and experienced a day of lessons in the Victorian style, complete with slates and Dunce’s hat. I don’t think any of us would have preferred to have gone to school in Victorian times! To end our unit, we visited the Ragged School Museum and saw what a Victorian kitchen and classroom looked like. It was strange looking at Victorian everyday items and not knowing what they were!


In English we have been reading ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker, about a child who goes on a fantastic adventure thanks to her magical pencil. It is a picture book with no words, so we had to draw on our inference skills to consider how the child would be feeling at different points in the story. We became the authors of the story and created some brilliant descriptive writing to accompany the pictures.

We have also read the book ‘The Man Who Walked Between The Towers’ which is about a Frenchman called Philippe Petit who, one day in August 1974, walked on a tightrope between the towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. His incredible feat was utterly captivating and we enjoyed finding out more about this interesting man to write our own versions of his biography. Furthermore, we considered how Philippe would have felt embarking on this challenge and used ambitious language to describe what he may have seen, heard and thought as he danced above the clouds.