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Year 5 Enjoy a Grand Day Out

Last week, all of our wonderful Year Five children had the opportunity to visit Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties Music Hall to find out what life was like in Victorian times in each of these settings.

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After an agonising (one mile) walk from school, we had the opportunity to explore backstage at the World Famous City Varieties and each had our moment on the same stage that has graced the likes of Harry Houdini and Charlie Chaplin among countless other stars from the past and present.

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We took our time to create a soundscape to represent the atmosphere that would have been present in Victorian Leeds in the stalls at the Theatre and some of us even got to sit in the box from which King Edward used to watch his favourite performer, Lilly Langdale. The children had some amazing ideas and asked some very deep questions, showing how much that they have engaged with the topic so far.

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Later in the day we had time to complete a workshop at the Grand Theatre, looking at Victorian artifacts and creating freeze-frames and drama sketches representing Victorian scenes. 

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Stephen Brennan, the Education Manager for the Leeds Grand Theatre, got in touch to say:

 I just wanted to pass on from our team how lovely all your students have been this week. Every group was engaged, asked brilliant questions, and were really enthusiastic about the topic. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them all and we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.

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 It was an absolute pleasure to take the children on this trip and each of the teachers look forward to the rest of the topic and our forthcoming Parlour afternoon coming soon on the 7th February.

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