Date Posted: 24/04/2015

20th April: the week at Read

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Year 6 visit to Eden Camp – 26th March 2015

  Reported by Matthew Harrison, Year 6


Eden Camp is a Modern Themed History Museum based on a World War 2 prisoner of war camp. It is located near the town of Malton in North Yorkshire.

We set off from Read School at 9:00am and didn't arrive until 10:30am. We all got off the bus and went straight to ‘Hut 1’.

Each hut tells a story about parts of Modern History. Mrs Anderson gave us all a sheet with some questions on. These questions could be answered by using the information which was shown in each of the huts.

There were 29 huts in total (we did not go into all of them as some of them were not relevant to our studies).

Examples of things in the huts:

  • World War 2 aeroplane engines
  • Radar Tracking Machines
  • Images of soldiers parachuting out of planes
  • Models of Warships
  • A model of the inside of a submarine

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Through looking at the exhibits in the huts I was able to learn a lot about World War 2.

At 11:30 we went to Hut 6 to see a Puppet Show. The show was about World War 2, we also sang some songs.

After this we went for some lunch in Mess Hut 2. Mess Hut 2 was supposed to be as if it was under the sea.

After lunch we went to Hut 20 and learnt about the fire service and the Bevin boys. The Bevin boys were miners who did not go to war but instead stayed at home, mining the coal to provide the energy to keep the country running.

We then visited a number of other huts before having a few minutes in the playground. We got back on the bus, returning to Read at 16:35. 

I found the trip very enjoyable, it was very interesting and we learnt a great deal about World War 2. We found about such things as:

  • Blackouts
  • Rationing
  • Mining
  • Evacuations and Evacuees
  • The Black Market
  • How everybody in the country helped in the war effort

I would recommend to all.   Here's some 1940's food for thought!

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Lesson Focus: Design Technology

We continue this series of pieces devoted to lessons at Read. We’ve looked at English, Drama, now it’s time to see what the Upper Sixth students have been up to in Mr Woodward’s workshop.

Kallum Stewart has designed a modular/expanding bike rack for transporting equipment. Inspired by images of bikes in Asia being used to transport ridiculously large loads he set about designing a more practical solution albeit not so extreme. The result is a complex piece of engineering work for an A Level student and, along with a superb folder of work, will earn him 100% for his coursework; a feat rarely achieved.

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Sam Kavanagh has designed a 5 story house for a client based on the Irish coast. One side which can be seen from the road or by neighbours has the appearance of a traditional house which is empathetic to its surroundings. The other side which faces the sea is more daring allowing the designers vision to shine through. The model has been made using the latest CAD/CAM technology to ensure accuracy and is one of the most impressive Architectural models I have seen in my 22 years teaching the subject.

 

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Sam Burrows has looked at modular game controllers for the ever growing Smart Phone market while Poom Kaensuwan is addressing the issue of seating (or lack thereof) in departure lounges and stations by designing a lightweight frame which encapsulates cabin luggage while still allowing it to be taken on-board. Of course the frames main purpose is to provide seating and it happily transforms into a lightweight seat with ease.

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All still a work in progress but, I am sure you will agree, impressive and innovative which is a key goal of the DT department at the Read School.

Mr Woodward.

Headmaster Presents Shield

Last Sunday, Dr Sweetman was down at Selby's mini-rugby festival watching the action, as Read was once again a sponsor for this prestigious event . Here he is seen captured with the victorious team from the U11 age group, pleased as punch with their performance.

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If you ever get chance to attend one of these festivals you will be bowled over by the sheer epic scale of what is going on: up to 20 games of rugby being played simultaneously! With an age range from toddler to teenager, an increasing number of girl participation in the teams and representation from all far flung corners of Yorkshire; there has never been a better time to start playing.


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