Dickens Day

Dickens Day
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Dickens Day 2019

In the run up to Christmas, the English team hosted a Dickens Day event where staff and students alike were invited to dress-up in Victorian style clothing and immerse themselves in the world Dickens lived. We were not disappointed with the turnout of wonderful costumes and props including William, Lara and Alex (Y10s) looking very dapper in shawls and top hats.

We study Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at GCSE level and Year 7 also complete a unit of study on the Victorian child. We feel it is important for our students to understand how our society in Britain has changed over the years and also, to experience some of it in a practical way. English teachers led KS3 in traditional Victorian lessons with chanting, exercise drills, dictation, handwriting and following formal classroom rules. I think Mrs Dixon was impressed with Y8 when she visited them and all of the students rose out of their chairs in unison as she entered the room!
Miss King had the brilliant idea for each English classroom to be assigned a ‘Stave’ from A Christmas Carol to inspire decoration for our 6 classroom doors. These turned out very well with paper chains for Jacob Marley’s ghost stretching down the corridor in competition with a flurry of beautifully made snowflakes to show the wintry season of the novella and also the ‘cold within’ Ebenezer Scrooge. Thank you to all do the creative students who made art work for these doors.
Over the course of the day Y11 leaders dedicated their break and lunchtimes to selling Humbugs and  toffees in striped bags whilst Miss King and Mrs Parr led students in the classic Victorian games of apple-bobbing and giant ‘snakes and ladders’. In the library Mrs Council, Mrs Logsdon and myself opted for a quieter time crafting cards and fashioning ribbon necklaces. We must also mention Y11 Jay who was in charge of our Victorian photo-booth. This proved very popular and many students left with QR codes so they could access their photo online.
Students finished the day taking with them little keepsakes to remind them of the Victorians: their crafts, photos, Christmas cards made by Y10 students (organised by Mrs Lam) and perhaps a sweet or two!
Thank you to everyone who joined in and made the day extra special.
Mrs Jones
 Oliver and Nathan Billy, Joe and Morgan
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