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In history we are studying Boudicca who was a Celtic queen. Celtic women were equal to Celtic men, so when her husband, the Iceni King, died she became the leader of their people.
But the Romans didn’t believe women could own property, so they tried to overthrow her by attacking her, her daughters and the village they lived in. So she got very angry and she rampaged the country collecting people to help take back the land which belonged to the Celts. The Romans were really bad and tried to fight her army but the warrior queen was too sneaky for them.
After lessons Jude wrote in her diary. Jude has a diary with a padlock on it, which she got for Christmas. It has stickers and stamp pens which make love hearts and exclamation marks. I have seen it and it’s really tidy, she writes in different coloured pens and her writing is much neater than mine. And she’s really good at eking out her stickers. I can’t help sticking stickers nearly as soon as I get them.
Wednesday 27 November
After breakfast and chores we each read a chapter of Little Town on the Prairie out loud and then we had English and read chapter six of David Copperfield together. Mum set us homework to read chapter seven and answer an essay question by next Wednesday.
We had cereal for lunch today. Jude got the free gift from the box, which was a plastic football player. He came with stickers which you could use to make his uniform stripey and decorated. Jude took the stickers and used them to decorate a toy car instead. It’s very good, it looks all ready for a demolition derby.
For needlework we are making cross-stitch tapestries! They will be beautiful when we’re finished. They’re so delicate and complicated. They take a really long time to stitch.
The salt dough ornaments we made last week are ready to paint now so we painted them red and yellow and blue and green. I tried to write Merry Christmas on one, but it was too small, so I wrote Xmas instead. The holes we made for the strings are a little bit small, but we can make them bigger with a needle. When the paint is dry we can varnish them with pva glue.
Thursday 28 November
I have read Chapter Seven now, it’s all about David being at boarding school and the friends he makes. He has two friends, Steerforth and Traddles, which is lucky because the teachers are horrible to him. At the end of the chapter Mr Peggotty and Ham come to visit David, and they meet Steerforth.
I don’t think I have ever written an essay before, and I thought it was spelled S.A.. Mum said that lots of people think it’s spelled S.A. when they first hear the word, and that a school friend of her’s wrote “S.A.s” in big letters on the front of her exercise book in the first year of secondary school.
Mum says an essay has to have an introduction, a middle and a conclusion. The beginning is where you say what it is that you are planning to prove in the essay, the middle is where you explain why your point is true, and use quotes to prove it. The conclusion is where you explain that you have now proven your point.
The end of November concludes Chapter Two tomorrow 🙂
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