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Our book Journey to the River Sea is set in 1910 (a little over 100 years ago) and features many historical customs of British and Latin American culture. History is the study of the past and past events. 

In Chapter 3, the author describes the clothing worn by the Carters and people living on their property. Today, we are going to explore how clothing has changed over time and how the clothing worn by characters in Journey to the River Sea is different to the clothing we wear now.


 Clothing worn in the Edwardian Era (1901-1914)



Task 1: Sort the items of clothing from the Edwardian Era into this table of characters. You might need to re-read the text to remember which character wears which item of clothing.


The Twins Miss Minton Mrs Carter Mr Carter









Task 2: Write a short paragraph explaining how clothing worn in Britain in the early 1900s (the Edwardian Era) is different to the clothing we wear in Britain today.

 You can use the items above and this video of children and other people in the early 1900s below to help you. 


You may either: 

  • draw your table in pen/pencil and write your paragraph on paper then send me a photo of your work or
  • create the table using an app or digital document and type your paragraph then send it to me in an email

Please send your work to 




Click on the link below to access the French page for Year 4


Hands on Activity - Learn how to Sew a Button

 It is important to know how to sew a button onto clothing because

  • if you know how to mend your clothes yourself, you can wear the damaged clothing straight away once you've fixed it (you don't need to wait for someone else to do it for you)
  • sewing helps build finger strength and develops your fine motor skills (finger skills) and
  • sewing your own buttons on your clothing makes you more independent




Task: Sew a spare button onto some fabric. It can be any piece of old or scrap fabric. It might be difficult to get it right if this is your first time but, don't worry, each time you practise you will get better and quicker at doing it yourself.


Tip: Use a larger and thicker needle and a large button with big holes if this is your first time.

If you like, you can send me a video or photo of you sewing a button at  I will post the photos in the new Independent Champions section of our Year 4 weekly page.


Challenge Task: Make your own fun instructional video (just like the ones above) teaching other kids how to sew a button!

If you like, you can send me your instructional video at  I will post some of them in the new Independent Champions section of our Year 4 weekly page.


It is important to learn how to do things for yourself. This is called being INDEPENDENT. Learning to be more independent and do things for yourself helps you:

  • learn new things
  • build self-esteem and confidence
  • make good decisions
  • develop responsibility
  • feel important and like you belong
  • develop coordination