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Readers and rollercoaster builders

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Artwork by Rosie, Year 10

Extra-curricular clubs at Dallam school cover a variety of topics and interests.  In this post we’d like to share with you two, very different, extra-curricular activities.

In the library, four Year 10 students have been part of this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing Scheme.  The scheme engages thousands of children and young people across the UK and internationally in reading the books on the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlist via reading groups in schools and public libraries.  The young people taking part are known as ‘shadowers’ because they ‘shadow’ the judging process for the main Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals – the UKs longest running children’s book awards where the winners are chosen by librarians. 

Dallam School Carnegie readers club
Dallam School Carnegie readers L-R: Izzy, Bella, Rosie, Iona.

Our readers have been reading their way through all eight books on The Yoto Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2022 and writing reviews and producing related artwork.  They will vote for their favourite books to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards, which are announced alongside the national winners’ ceremony in June.

Rosie, Year 10
Rosie, Year 10 – sketches that reflect what struck her about the books.

Artwork by Rosie, Year 10

In the science block, 

A group of 13 Year 10 students have been working on their Bronze CREST Award after school on Thursdays. Their project was to make rollercoasters and see how they could make them go faster.

Watch rollercoaster video

Watch another rollercoaster video

CREST Award participants

CREST Award participants

CREST Award work

CREST Award speed test

The CREST Awards is a nationally-recognised scheme for student-led project work in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). Its aim is to help young people become independent and reflective learners through project work.  Click here to find out more about CREST Awards.

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