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    History and English - Summer 2020

    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 Summer Term 2020 we will be holding two identical courses (‘Aragon’ and ‘Popham’) of six sessions.  The proposed dates are:

    • Saturday 25 April : A Medieval Fortified Manor House
    • Saturday 2 May : An Imprisoned Queen
      Break for Bank Holiday weekend (9 May)
    • Saturday 16 May : The Earl of Manchester at War
      Break for Kimbolton School Speech Day and half-term (23 and 30 May)
    • Saturday 6 June  : Kimbolton and the Gunpowder Plot
    • Saturday 13 June : The Great Rebuilding – Vanbrugh at Kimbolton
    • Saturday 20 June : Pellegrini and Glorious Revolution

    Each session runs for one hour with the timings outlined in the table below.  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 of 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 head teachers of participating schools to invite them to nominate suitable children.  The deadline for applications is 9 am on Monday 23 March; we will confirm offers of places by the evening of Thursday 2 April. Our next series after this one will be for 2020-21 Year 6 pupils in Autumn Term 2020.

    Joining instructions for successful applicants plus an aide-memoire for parents will be added below in April.

    Apply for a Place