Overflowing Prisons

Goal: I understand how the problem of England’s overflowing prisons was addressed.

Here are the Images of the prison hulks  on the Thames.

The Port Cities web page Prison Hulks on the River Thames has the information we read about life on board the prison hulks.


Take a look at the handwritten record Report of Convicts under Sentence of Transportation and record any information that you find, as well as any questions you have.

Book Week!

Take a look at the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) website.


Use the menu across the top of the website to navigate different areas of information.


Take a look at the Book of the Year Shortlist for 2019 to see some great books (winners announced this Friday).


This year’s theme is ‘Reading is My Secret Power’.

Make sure you check out Past Themes of Book Week from 1945 to Now (under the ‘Book Week’ menu)! Some of my favourites are ‘Hurrah for Books’, ‘Fuel Your Mind’, ‘Books Bridge Gaps’, ‘Make Friends with Books’, ‘Books are Common Wealth’ and ‘United Through Books’.


Happy Reading. 🙂

Crime and Punishment – How were criminals punished in England in the 1700s?

In groups, explore prisoner records at the Victorian Crime and Punishment website.

Consider the following questions:

    • What interesting evidence do you see?
    • What do you think about the ages of the convicts?
    • What do you notice about their crimes?
    • What questions are raised?
    • How do we get answers or more information?


You can also look at Convict Voyages of Australia to view details of each hulk (prison ship). Choose a ship, then select individual convict names for more details.


Record your thinking in your Integrated Studies books.

  • Use a variety of search parameters to investigate records and draw conclusions.
  • Record your findings in a table to help you analyse the information and make generalisations.

Homework Reminder

Just a reminder that your homework is due on Fridays – even while Candice is away! Eleanor is keeping track of who has completed their reading (signed in your diary), reading response, vocabulary work and HotMaths homework each week.

Your HotMaths Shapes homework is due at the end of Week 4 (second week of swimming). There will be an additional task assigned that will be due at the end of Week 5. (This equals two tasks over 4 weeks, as usual – remember, you had one week with none!)

You can continue bringing in pictures that inspire you, to add to your Poetry Inspiration collage. These can be pictures you’ve drawn yourself, from magazines, free postcards, printed at home from online searches, or anywhere else you find them.