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Scenes from The Highway Man

Isleworth Town Street Child

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Year 5 spent an afternoon in a Victorian school: eating broth and bread, reciting poetry and playing instruments very loudly!

This term we are reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty.


It is a story of Jim Jarvis, the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children's homes. When his mother dies Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse, but quickly escapes chosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. Struggling to survive, Jim finally finds some friends only to be snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever manage to be free?



Street Child Role Play and a visit from Rosie

Berlie Doherty, author of 'Street Child' discusses Scholastic's 'Read & Respond: Engage'

'Read & Respond: Engage' is a new whole-school online literacy programme from Scholastic. We asked author Berlie Doherty to tell you some more about this innovative new product.


Clip from worst jobs in History focusing on life in a Victorian Workhouse. Educational use only. Linked to Street Child, by Berlie Doherty.


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