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Year 5 is enthused by a gripping presentation on the Romans

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Year 5 were riveted by a presentation on the Romans by Murton Park living history enthusiast David Thirlwall who, dressed as a centurion, ranged over the Romans’ legacy, how we know about it and what it took to serve in the finest imperial army the world has ever known.

First, what are our sources and where is our evidence for what we know about the Roman Empire?

‘In the rubbish they discarded, and the buildings and time capsules they left behind,’ bellows our centurion.

Year 5 are now on the edge of their seats as he explains how the countless broken artefacts disposed of by the Romans can be pieced together to inform us about how they lived, what they ate and of their advanced their civilisation with its drains, underfloor heating and road network. The ‘time capsules’ turn out to be the stone reliefs that the Romans had carved of themselves for posterity depicting scenes of everyday life, and the fact that every building had a plaque detailing who built it, when and for what purpose. The Romans clearly had an eye to the future and for informing future generations of how great their civilisation was.

Next, Mr Thirlwall shows how from 200BC the city state of Rome set out to conquer all around. By 100AD, it controlled 32 countries and patrolled a 45,000-mile boundary around its empire.

How did they achieve this?

Enter the extraordinary discipline, training and brutality of the Roman army, two-thirds of which was recruited from the grandsons of the peoples it ruthlessly conquered. The training was so harsh that a quarter of legionary recruits died before they had completed it. In Britain the Roman army all but stamped out the Celts and set about milking the country for food to feed its 300,000-strong army strung out across the empire. Every soldier was trained not only to kill but also as a builder and an engineer so they could construct roads, forts and living quarters as they conquered.

Life as a Roman soldier may not have been a picnic, but there were no shortage of Year 5 volunteers to dress up as an auxiliary, legionary and Celtic warrior as Mr Thirlwall described what they wore, how they lived and what they could expect – which was a fairly short life if you were a Celtic warrior!

So it was, that with his passion and knowledge for his subject, that under Mr Thirlwall two hours flew by and a generation of Year 5 Historians had been enthused to learn even more about how the Romans developed and maintained their extraordinary empire. 


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Year One visit Flamborough Lighthouse

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As part of their Safety at Sea topic, Year 1 extended their study of Grace Darling and the work of the RNLI with a blustery trip to Flamborough Lighthouse and Filey RNLI Lifeboat Station.

On the way to the current working light house which was built in 1806, the children were excited to sport the old lighthouse which had been built in 1669.

Arriving at Flamborough Lighthouse we learnt more about the work of Trinity House, the charity dedicated to the safety of shipping and seafarers, and looked at the location of some of the other 60 lighthouses maintained by the charity. The children located the Farne Islands and Longstone Lighthouse where William Darling, Grace’s father, had been lighthouse keeper. Flamborough lighthouse has a wide ranging light of 24 nautical miles (1 nautical mile = 1.1508 land miles).

As we went into the bottom of the lighthouse tower we looked up and admired the beautiful curving spiral steps which got narrower the further up we climbed. We learnt there were 119 steps to take us up into the lantern room.

The bulbs that give out approximately as much power/intensity as 500,000 candles now have to come from America and cost £120 each. There are two bulbs in the top of the lighthouse. One is used and the second is a spare. The prisms constantly rotate around the bulb even when it is not lit. When lit, the Flamborough lamp rotates, it gives 4 white flashes 4 times every 15 seconds - 16 times a minute. We learnt that each lighthouse has a different pattern of flashes and this is how seafarers identify each lighthouse. Flamborough lighthouse stands 26.5 metres tall. Being a gloomy, wet day we couldn’t see very far from the top of the lighthouse, but the children managed to spot a fishing boat and an oil tanker.

After enjoying their school pack ups and mugs of tea at Mrs Stubb’s house, we set off for Filey. The rain had stopped and the sun had come out. We visited Filey RNLI Lifeboat Station where we learnt about the inshore and all-weather lifeboats and how they are launched with the assistance of tractors on caterpillar wheels. The children had lots of questions which were answered by Bob the guide.

Filey has had a lifeboat for nearly 200 years. At the moment they have nearly 30 crew who can be called upon to go out on the Lifeboat when needed. The children then enjoyed spending some pocket money in the RNLI shop to further the work of the lifeboats.

The children were a credit to school and we had a super day out.

Claire Stubbs


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Forest school stay and play

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It was an exciting day in Pre-Prep when parents of our Nursery and Reception children were invited in to the children’s Thursday afternoon Forest School session for stay and play.

Led by our wonderfully creative Nursery teacher and Forest School leader Ms Ramli, Forest School has become a highly popular part of the weekly curriculum. Set in the woodland at the front of school, a forest trail leads from mud kitchen past a campfire area, to a den-building and tree climbing area. Every week, rain or shine, the children can be found there exploring, experimenting and taking their learning into the great outdoors.

In anticipation of their parents’ visit, the children had created their own bunting by smashing berries and flowers and leaves onto triangles of cotton, extracting the juices and colours to give a colourful tie-dye effect. The bug-hunting materials had been laid out alongside the tree and plant identification kits, and a campfire had been prepared on which to bake the banana and chocolate treats.

As the parents arrived, some children had scampered off to the mud kitchen, others to see what mini-beasts they could unearth in the dank corners and under the logs. The ‘flower crown’ activity led by Reception teacher Mrs Boote proved especially popular with both children and parents.

The whole occasion was a wonderful opportunity for the children to share something of their Forest School days with their parents.


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Terrington chef is a tour de force

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There were no leftovers when Terrington’s 2 AA rosette holder chef Andrew Jones served 20 of these magnificent Paris-Brest desserts at lunch on the first day of the Tour de Yorkshire. The traditional French dessert, which is made from choux pastry and praline cream, was created by chef Louis Durand in 1910 to resemble the wheel of racing bicycle to commemorate the Paris-Brest bicycle race.


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Terrington Hall's scholarship winners

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We are delighted to announce that nine Year Eight pupils at Terrington Hall School have won awards to their senior schools and that all of our Year Eight pupils have passed the entrance exams to the senior school of their choice.

This year’s scholarships have been won for academia, music, art, sport and all-round achievement, and have been awarded by Barnard Castle, Bootham, Queen Margaret’s, St Peter’s, Sedbergh School and The Mount.

Academic scholarships have been awarded to Head Girl Kayla Paley (St Peter’s) and to Zoe Garrett and Silas Gunn (Bootham). Academic achievement was also recognised in Sedbergh School’s all-rounder scholarship awarded to Eleanor Jenkinson for academia, music and sport.

Three senior schools have recognised the strength of Terrington Hall’s sporting provision with the award of sports scholarships to Lucky Charters (The Mount), Alexandra Cordingley (Queen Margaret’s) and Emily Langley (Barnard Castle).

Jennifer Foster, whose artwork has featured in Yorkshire Life’s A+ Magazine, has been awarded an art scholarship to Queen Margaret’s, and Isabel Howden-Ferme a music award from St Peter’s School.

In September, our Year Eight leavers will move on to 11 different schools, both day and boarding, local and further afield. This reflects the school’s dedication to preparing each child for entrance to the school which suits them best, the hall mark of a truly independent prep school and the primary focus of Years Seven and Eight at Terrington Hall.

Our congratulations to each and every member of Year Eight.

Destinations of Terrington’s 2019 leavers: Ampleforth College, Barnard Castle, Bootham School, Pocklington School, Queen Margaret’s, Repton, St Peter’s, Scarborough College, Sedbergh School, The Mount, Uppingham.

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