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    History and English - Autumn 2023

    Our History and English Masterclasses aim to bring together like-minded Year 5 children (Year 6 in the Autumn Term) from local primary schools to explore these subjects in an exciting and innovative way. Based around the theme of the history of Kimbolton Castle, the activity-based sessions aim to foster imagination plus drama and writing skills against the backdrop of the School’s unique historical setting.

    In Autumn Term 2023 we will be holding two identical courses (‘Aragon’ and ‘Popham’) of six sessions.  The dates are as follows:

    • Saturday 9 September: A Medieval Fortified Manor House
    • Saturday 16 September: An Imprisoned Queen
    • Saturday 23 September: Kimbolton and the Gunpowder Plot
      Break for Kimbolton School Open Morning (30 Sep)
    • Saturday 7 October: The Earl of Manchester at War
      Break for Kimbolton school Field Weekend (14 Oct) and Half Term (21 and 28 Oct)
    • Saturday 4 November: Pellegrini and Glorious Revolution
    • Saturday 11 November: The Great Rebuilding – Vanbrugh at Kimbolton

    Each session runs for one hour with the timings outlined in the table below.  Please note that the timings are the same as those for the Mathematics Masterclasses but different to the Sciences ones.  The first meeting will start with a short briefing for parents.

      Aragon Course Popham Course
    Week(s) Intro Briefing Class Final Presentation Intro Briefing Class Final Presentation
    1 0900-0915 0915-1015   1045-1100 1100-1200  
    2 to 5   0900-1000     1030-1130  
    6   0900-1000 1000-1030   1030-1130 1130-1200

    Although each session is independent of the others, we expect children to attend all the Masterclasses in their course.  There is no charge but places are limited and we cannot guarantee a place for every child who applies.

    We have written to the headteachers of participating schools to invite them to nominate suitable children. The deadline for applications has now passed. We will email all parents/carers by the evening of Wednesday 28 June with news of the allocation of places. Please check your junk/spam box if you have not heard from us by this date. Our next series after this one will be in Spring Term 2024 for 2023-24 Year 5 pupils.