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Posted on: December 11th 2020

Year 5 Victorian Days

Year 5 pupils celebrate the Victorians

Year 5 teachers Mr Platt and Miss Griffin arranged 2 full ‘Victorian days’ for their year 5 Sparrowhawks and Kestrel classes last week, which proved a fantastic success for all involved.  The year 5 children had the opportunity to experience a number of activities.  For one of the days Miss Griffin ran a Victorian school day and as part of this day the children were asked to attend school in a Victorian costume. The day consisted of traditional handwriting skills using a quill and ink and they used blackboards to work on our maths skills among a number of other Victorian classroom activities. The children had a wonderful time and did their best to avoid having to wear the dunce hat! There was also some Victorian drills for PE. 

On day two Mr Platt offered the children the opportunity to participate in Brunel bridge building. The children had been learning about learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the English civil engineer, considered one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history.  The children spent a few weeks studying different bridge structures and considering the materials and designs used to create a bridge with strength. They then used this knowledge to plan, design and create their own bridges using TechCard (a building system made of card) and string.                

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Redstart Connects with Yew Tree Cottage Posted on: 11/02/2021

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A message from Suzanne Flack (Executive Principal) and Rebecca Collins (Head of School) Posted on: 24/01/2020

A message from Suzanne Flack (Executive Principal) and Rebecca Collins (Head of School)

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