Today we are learning about understanding thousandths.
Have a read of the text in the workbook, remember to underline any words that you don't know the meaning of. If you would rather listen to the text then click here for a recording.
Complete the challenge on page 5, 'What do the words mean'.
If there are any more words that you don't understand that are not on the list, then look them up in the dictionary or using google (with a parent's permission).
Today, we will continue learning about the people of the Windrush generation.
When the ship- the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury in 1948 there was a singer from Trinidad on board. His name was Lord Kitchener, he was among the 492 Caribbean passengers arriving to start a new life in Britain. When he arrived, there were journalists all over the place asking him to sing a song for them and he responded with his new song, a calypso called ‘London is the Place for Me’.
The lyrics are happy and positive, they showed the hope of the estimated 170,000 Caribbean people who would move to Britain over the next decade. They wanted to come because Britain had created the 1948 British Nationality Act, this gave them the right to come and live in the UK.
London is the place for me
London this lovely city
You can go to France or America,
India, Asia or Australia
But you must come back to London city
Well believe me I am speaking broadmindedly
I am glad to know my Mother Country
I have been travelling to countries years ago
But this is the place I wanted to know
London that is the place for me
To live in London you are really comfortable
Because the English people are very much sociable
They take you here and they take you there
And they make you feel like a millionaire
London that's the place for me
At night when you have nothing to do
You can take a walk down Shaftesbury Avenue
There you will laugh and talk and enjoy the breeze
And admire the beautiful scenery
Of London that's the place for me
Yes, I cannot complain of the time I have spent
I mean my life in London is really magnificent
I have every comfort and every sport
And my residence is Hampton Court
So London, that's the place for me
There was a huge advertising campaign- Britain promised excellent jobs and high wages to all of these people because they needed them to come and help rebuild the nation after the war. These people had good lives at home, but they felt that they needed to come and help. They felt it was their duty to come and support Britain. These people came with high hopes, but ended up facing much cruelty.
Racism in 1950’s Britain was brutal. They arrived thinking they would be valued for their help, but there were signs everywhere saying ‘No dogs, no blacks, no Irish’. This was hurtful and cruel to the people that had come to help. They were also promised good wages but were not given enough to live on. Many people had to have their entire family living in one room.
Can you imagine how sad you would feel if you moved to a brand-new country thinking it was going to be wonderful and were met with racism and hatred? We must always remember the Windrush generation and the struggles they faced.
Today, I would like you to create a piece of art. On one side of the page, can you draw the London that the Windrush generation thought they were going to experience: good wages, helping the nation, great jobs. On the other side, can you draw what they actually faced: poverty, hatred, racism.
I would love to see what you create.