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Orb making and mosque visits on Haverhill school’s curriculum day

Castle Manor Academy holds an exciting curriculum day. 

FL; Demi Flowers12, Lucy Wilson 13 Jayden Bayford12, Spencer Law 12, Makenzie Brown 12.

Castle Manor Academy holds an exciting curriculum day. FL; Demi Flowers12, Lucy Wilson 13 Jayden Bayford12, Spencer Law 12, Makenzie Brown 12.

Students took part in a wide range of activities as a Haverhill school held a curriculum day recently.

Students took part in a wide range of activities as a Haverhill school held a curriculum day recently.

Castle Manor Academy held the event on November 15, with different year groups doing different activities and going on trips.

Year seven students spent the morning in Covent Garden where, as well as the usual entertainers, there was a digital Nativity play.

They bumped in to comedian Eddie Izzard as they made their way around London and also took part in one of the street entertainers displays.

In the afternoon, students had the opportunity to visit one of the UKs largest mosques, Regents Park, to have a tour, observe prayers and take part in a quiz.

Year eight took part in a series of workshops designed by the visual arts team based on the theme of self-expression.

This included making ‘orbs’, producing their own T-shirts, producing and modelling their own eco-friendly fashion, painting with light and getting messy with a lot of paint in the style of Jackson Pollock.

Year nine used all of the resources and expertise in the performing arts subject areas to complete activities based on the musical Stomp.

The students took part in dance, music and drama presentations that reflected the feel of the musical.

Year ten had a day exploring the science of habitats and species specialisation.

Alongside activities to explore seed dispersal and forest habitats, the were visited by some rainforest creatures and had the opportunity to hold snakes, spiders and more.

Year 11 took a trip to the NEC Skills show where there were representatives from (almost) every conceivable industry.

Alongside traditional stands there were hands on activities, fashion shows, technology displays, something to inspire everyone to find their ideal career path.

Year 12 spent the day trying understand the ethical dimension to food consumption.

Along with a session for students to learn about where their food really comes from, there was a showing of a critically acclaimed film exploring the issues surrounding a globalised food market.

Their day finished with a bake off (with Fairtrade ingredients, of course) followed by afternoon tea.

Year 13 took part in a series of workshops and presentations developing their employability skills and thinking about the future.

School principal Madeleine Vigar said “I’ve seen such high standards of learning today.

“I’ve walked around the campus and the overwhelming sight is of motivated, enthusiastic learners.

“Our aim is to achieve what George Bernard Shaw set out: ‘To see the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.’

“This day has really set that process in motion for our students.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (December 6) Echo.

 

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