In Year 6, we have been reading Goodnight Mister Tom during Guided Reading sessions. This narrative is about a young boy who is evacuated from London during The Blitz.
We thought about how the main character’s life would be different if the RRSA Articles had been created during that time.
Here are some quotes from our discussion:
“I think Article 19 is being respected because he is living in a safe shelter. I also think Article 38 is being respected because he is being protected.” – Saima
“Article 9 is not being respected because he wants to stay with Mister Tom but he has to go back to his mother because she is ill.” Riyaz
“I think Article 9 is not being respected because when it is safe in England Willie has to go back to live with his mum, even though it is not best for him.” Siham
“I think Article 39 is not being respected because his bruises have not been treated.” Zainab
“I think Article 38 is being respected because Willie is being looked after by Tom.” Eva
“Article 20 ‘You should be looked after properly if you can’t live with your family’ is being respected since he lives with Mister Tom.” Maryam
“I think Article 28 is going to be respected because I remember reading that Willie was soon to be going to school.” Ismail
|Here are some of the Articles we discussed:
Article 27 – the right to a good standard of living
Article 28 – the right to learn and go to school
Article 25 – children who are not living with their families should be checked on regularly to see if they’re okay
Article 9 – right to be with parents if that’s what’s best for you.
Article 39 – children should get special help if they have been abused
Article 38 – children should be protected during a war
Article 20 – you should be looked after properly if you can’t be with your family
Article 19 – you should not be harmed and should be looked after and kept safe
What other Articles do you think apply to this story?