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A Focus on GCSEs

A Focus on GCSEs returns

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A Focus on GCSEs proudly returns to Fyling Hall School on 25th May. Let us guide you through your or your child’s GCSE choices.  With many subjects pre determined, you and they have the task of choosing four more subjects.  But what and how to choose?  Fortunately, you do not need to choose on the basis of a fixed timetable. As a small school we alter our timetable to suit you.  In fact, we change […]

The world has us back!

The world has us back!

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The world has us back! After we haven’t been for any Duke of Edinburgh outings for 18 months, we used the first of May as the first navigation training day for our two new Bronze groups. We met up at school at 9:30, and everybody was equipped with a compass and a map with the route marked. And off we went. Although the participants knew most of the paths we were walking on from other […]

Eight new international students

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Summer Term has brought eight new international students to Fyling Hall, all of whom join our English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Mrs Jeeves recently led our Year 9 ESL students in writing home and looking back on their first impressions of Fyling Hall. We also took our new class mates on a tour of the school to see the sea, the horses and find some hidden treasures around the site. Here are some […]

Getting Poetic in English

Getting poetic in English

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Fyling Hall’s Y6 have been getting poetic in English. We compared two poems by Kit Wright; ‘The Frozen Man’ and ‘Let’s Hear it for the Limpet’, before reading ‘Beachcomber’, a poem by the Scottish poet George MacKay Brown. The children then came up with their own ideas for beachcombing poems, with fabulous results! Below is the original which inspired the children to get poetic in English. BeachcomberMonday I found a boot –Rust and salt leather.I […]

how much calcium carbonate is in the shell of the snail

How much calcium carbonate is in the shell of the snail?

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In Year 12 chemistry, we have been doing an experiment in order to find out how much calcium carbonate is in the shell of the snail (don’t worry; no snail was harmed). So first, I had to look around the school grounds to find empty snail shells! This was fun as you can walk around and get some fresh air! It was beautiful weather as well.  After collecting the shells, I had to grind them […]

Connections for many years

Connections for many years

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Fyling Hall School and St. Stephen’s Church, Fylingdales, have had connections for many years and continue to work together to this day.  The church service at St. Stephen’s this past Sunday focusses on the Lord’s Prayer, which is the best known of all prayers and was taught to the Disciples by Jesus after they asked: “How should we pray?”  A number of students from Fyling Hall have been involved in the reading of this prayer, which will feature in St Stephen’s service. The version read by Fyling Hall students is an “unofficial paraphrase”.   In the Church of England, there […]

thank you very much, Mr and Mrs Jones

Thank you very much, Mr and Mrs Jones

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This term, Fyling Hall’s English Department has received a very generous donation of ten Chromebooks from the parents of students Daisy and Oscar Jones – thank you very much, Mr and Mrs Jones.   This new resource will enable students in classrooms to not only access the internet, but will also help pupils who find it easier to type documents to produce high quality work.  Mr Thomas, our Head of English, is very impressed by how this new technology has helped his classes […]

my favourite things about boarding

My favourite things about boarding

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Hi, my name is Ezana. I am in Year 8 and from Uganda. I have been at Fyling Hall for 3 months and one of my favourite things about boarding is the space we have to play outside. At school during our free time, we have a lot of freedom meaning that you can spend it how we like (within reason of course). During my first few weeks at Fyling Hall last term I had […]

Interested in Interesting

Interested in Interesting

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“The unexamined life is not worth living” said the Greek philosopher Socrates. Self-reflection is important. Knowing who you are and what you like doing is important. Our broadcast assembly had this theme to start of the new term. All of our six terms have names by the way. This, the 5th term of the year, is actually called Perseverance – a great message for us all, especially those in our exam classes, reminding them to […]

Making readers think

Making readers think

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Fyling Hall Junior School pupils have been making readers think. Taking part in Whitby Rotary Club’s annual Young Writers Competition, children were asked to create their own piece of writing about My Town, My Future. The Club advised that “Children could enter a fictional or non-fiction story in any genre – journalism, essays, short stories, poems, or other prose are all welcome. The ideas could be realistic or as fantastic as they wish. Even science […]

Our health is so important

Our health is so important

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If we have learnt one thing from Covid, it is that our health is so important. The staff at Fyling Hall School have taken this opportunity to increase their health and fitness and are taking part in a walking challenge.  The staff have been put into teams of 4, with teams selected at random. The first team to collectively reach 1.2 million steps is the winner! With names like “Red Hot Chilli Steppers” and “The Hotsteppers” […]

During the Easter break

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During the Easter break Ebony, Year 8, completed a sponsored walk in aid of Interactive Whitby. She first got the idea to help Interactive during lockdown as she saw an article about charities struggling. She chose this charity as she has been involved with them for a long time, both for activities and as a helper. She has a particular affinity with a little boy with Downs syndrome, and has learnt some sign language to […]

Refreshed and ready to go

Refreshed and ready to return

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“I hope you have all enjoyed the holiday and the pupils are refreshed and ready to return. It is very nice to see so many of our boarding pupils back in school completing their period of quarantine prior to the term starting. As the restrictions continue to ease in the coming weeks I look forward to a more familiar feeling to school life.”    As our Headmaster, Mr Allen, welcomed parents and students to the start […]

Special weekend gatherings for our boarders

Special weekend gatherings called “Philosophy Nights”

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This term I experimented with special weekend gatherings for our boarders called ‘Philosophy Nights’. It’s been quite a while since I last ran our philosophy club. Current global events have curtailed normal operations of our clubs and societies over the past year but the return of Flying Hall Philosophical Society’s is most welcome. The idea was to introduce the basic ideas of philosophy and the rules of engagement. I lead with the Socratic method in that […]

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone

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As the saying goes “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”, certainly rings true with games lessons.  Whilst online learning continued for all subjects, there comes a point where virtual sports have their limits. So it is great to see the children back in school and positive about participating in physical exercise.  The Senior School have taken the Mill Run in their stride, completing the runs in good time. The ability to do […]

What it is like to be a matron?

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Joining us over 12 years ago, Matron Stamp tells us what it is like to be a matron, an invaluable role within Fyling Hall’s boarding team. When I joined the Fyling Hall boarding team 12 years ago, my role was Relief Matron, working 2 nights and days in Ramsdale with the Junior boys then moving into Woodside to spend the same amount of time with the Junior girls. This enabled the full time Matrons to […]

We really do have talent!

We really do have talent!

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One could not help but exclaim “We really do have talent!” as the proverbial curtains drew on Fyling Hall School’s Got Talent. The first talent show its kind at Fyling Hall saw more than 30 students showcase their talent, both live and virtually. Acts include singing, dancing, musical instruments and also mountain biking, trampolining, skateboarding whilst completing a Rubik’s Cube and dog training. Performers did not make the judges’ job easy! After much deliberation, many […]

famous mathematicians

Famous mathematicians

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Every year we task Fyling Hall’s Year 9s with researching famous mathematicians who have left a lasting legacy. This year we have presentations celebrating the works of Russian Mathematician Lobachevsky, Blaise Pascal, who left us the Pascal triangle, Oliver Heaviside, John Napier,  John Venn of Venn Diagram fame, Katherine Johnson, a real-life rocket scientist and mathematician,Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, the father of algebra from the 9th century.  Some excellent presentations, well researched and one presenter […]

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

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On Good Friday this year 2nd of April at 1.45pm, Fylingdales Church features a video of readings, images and hymns entitled “The Stations of the Cross”. Three of the readings have been done by Fyling Hall pupils Megan (Station 3) Arthur (Station 6) and Oaklei (Station 9). Fyling Hall’s former Headmistress, Mrs White, has also been involved with (Stations 4, 10 and 12) You can access this video at any time after the above date […]

My first year of British boarding school

What will you do in your Easter holiday?

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So, what will you do in your Easter holiday? You may ask. For you it can be back home, sit on you favourite chair and watch Netflix until the day you have to get back to school again. But it can be much more than that. It’s Arthur here, from Hong Kong, year 12, currently in my first year of British boarding school. My first holiday I stayed at school because of covid. It is […]

What is poetry and what does it do?

What is poetry and what does it do?

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What is poetry and what does it do? Well, I suppose that we all know what a poem is or at least some types of poems and I bet that most of us have had a stab at writing one from time to time; perhaps a witty limerick or a few lines trying to telling someone how much we love them, and I suppose, in their essence, that’s what poems are: ways of writing to […]

We help each other in the same boat

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“There is a Chinese proverb: We help each other in the same boat and move forward hand in hand。Cooperation will let us usher in new development together. 中国有句谚语:同舟共济,携手前进 合作将让我们共同迎来新发展” So said Principal Xiaohong Chen, Principal of Chengdu Yangma Middle School, as he “ushered in a day worth celebrating”. This week saw the Fyling Hall School and Chengdu Yangma Middle School take part in a signing ceremony, formalising their “friendly cooperation”. Initiated by the Chinese Ministry […]

Proud to be a pupil and weekly boarder

Proud to be a pupil and weekly boarder

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Parthena tells us why she is proud to be a pupil and weekly boarder at Fyling Hall. She is in Year 8 and hails from York. Once I stepped through the door, I knew I had arrived in a great place. I started at Fyling Hall School in January. Before I arrived, I was feeling nervous and excited at the same time. On my first day the weather was grey and miserable, but once I […]

It isn’t forced or imagined

It isn’t forced or imagined

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It’s funny how these things creep up on one. How one can be aware of something that doesn’t seem quite right and yet not quite able to explain what it is; what’s missing. And on Monday, I worked out what it was that had been buzzing around the back of mind just out of reach of any sort of cognitive perception.   The recent lockdown had been ok; there was certainly plenty of work to do, students were doing […]

Great Egg Device Design Competition

A few scrambled eggs along the way

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Fyling Hall’s Year 6 scientists have encountered a few scrambled eggs along the way. They have been busy investigating different forces and how they act. ‘Forces’ was our science topic over lockdown. Pupils started off by learning all about gravity. The children worked on presentations about the life and work of Isaac Newton and we shared these in lessons. They looked at the difference between mass and weight and carried out an investigation, measuring the […]

Geography students put their creativity to the test

Geography students put their creativity to the test

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How might Geography students put their creativity to the test? Fyling Hall’s Head of Geography, Miss Gilmour, shares some examples from Years 7 and 9. Take a look! Year 7s Our most recent, and still current, topic is population. Year 7 have been learning all about how populations change over time and the reasons behind those changes. I thought it would be interesting to then let them all create their own country, thinking about matters […]

The role of historical sources

The role of historical sources

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As part of their studies this term on Prehistoric Britain and the Dark Ages, Year 6 have examined the role of historical sources, and especially archaeological evidence, for historians studying periods for which we do not have many written records. This has led them to investigate the extraordinary archaeological discoveries at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, and what these finds can tell us of our early Anglo-Saxon forebears. Here are some of their excellent interpretations of […]

After I became a boarder

After I became a boarder

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Hyunbin, one of Fyling Hall’s international GCSE students, kindly shares what life is like “after I became a boarder”. I have been at Fyling Hall for more than 2 years, but I started to board from the last term. Before I started boarding, I did homestay in my guardian’s house. My homestay family was Korean, so I could have comfortable communication, but my English was more slowly developed compared to the international boarding students. It […]

On the fourth Sunday in Lent

On the fourth Sunday in Lent

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Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and has done so since the Middle Ages. Revd Steve Foster of Fyling Hall’s local parish church, St Stephen’s, Fylingdales joins us once again . . . this time to kindly shares his insight into this special day and invites you to join St Stephen’s Mothering Sunday service featuring Fyling Hall students, Freddie, Olivia and Tomas. Please visit their Facebook page at 10.00am on Sunday, 14th March. Mothering Sunday […]

The value of Pi

The value of Pi

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When did you last think about the value of Pi? International Day of Mathematics, also known as Pi Day, is on 14th March, i.e. 3/14. As this falls on a Sunday this year, we celebrated this great day, as we always do at Fyling Hall, in school on Friday.  Year 9s worked in smaller groups and substituted counters for real pies to calculate the value of Pi. They produced some excellent and accurate results. It […]

Good to be real schooling

“It’s good to be real schooling”

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“It’s nice seeing my friends and it’s good to be real schooling instead of learning online,” says a Fyling Hall Year 2 pupil. This sentiment was echoed throughout the whole Junior School this week when I asked the children how it felt being back at school.  Our Junior School pupils have slipped straight back into their bubbles and hand washing routines are being remembered and the breezy classrooms smell of hand sanitiser. But the most wonderful thing […]

delighted you are back

Delighted you are back

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To say that we are delighted you are back is an understatement.  We could not be more pleased to welcome our students back to Fyling Hall.  There is nothing like the sound of children’s laughter at break, nor their inquisitive voices in the classrooms. Of course, we have maintained regular contact with our students, but it was never going to be the same. Strict guidelines are in place to ensure the school community remains safe […]

Germany has a lot to offer

Germany has a lot to offer

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Although not the first country that springs to mind when thinking about holiday destinations, Germany has a lot to offer. This is not only the great cities like Berlin, Munich or Hamburg, but also the little towns that are scattered all over the country. Since we cannot visit them ourselves, our year 11 GCSE German group have done some online research about one German town each. Emie, Eve, Freddie and Ulyana then delivered a presentation […]

Teachers are able to look after me more than in Germany

Teachers are able to look after me more than in Germany

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Yamina joined Fyling Hall School in January, just as England entered Lockdown 3. As an international student, she shares her initial experience with us including why she thinks our “teachers are able to look after me more than in Germany” . . . I have been at Fyling Hall School for already two months. Even though we had online lessons during that time, it was still great. I could meet amazing people here who really […]

To celebrate World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day

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To celebrate World Book Day, during our last online German lesson, year 9 filled in a questionnaire about their reading habits and favourite books, and wrote an article about it. See what they have come up with! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:100%;} /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML […]

Invited by the environmental art charity: Invisible Dust

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Recently I was invited to take part in the Wild Eye trail project; I was invited by the environmental art charity: Invisible Dust. Last evening I took part in a video call with Lucia Scazzocchio, who is the artist working alongside Ryan Gander OBE. Lucia is creating a podcast to accompany Ryans sculptures. We talked about how we could change the environment in our locality, what we thought about living on this part of the […]

Will we find signs of intelligent life?

Will we find signs of intelligent life?

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Mars is a planet entirely inhabited by robots seeking to answer the question, will we find signs of intelligent life? The latest arrival is NASA’s Perseverance robot which landed this month (and if you haven’t seen the footage of the amazing parachute and drone helicopter landing, you need to see it. Visit NASAs YouTube channel). The robot’s job is to perform experiments on the Martian surface looking for evidence of life, or past life, on […]

students continue to show great resilience and flair

Students continue to show great resilience and flair

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The FHS Art Studio students continue to show great resilience and flair. We have seen some amazing work by our creative students over this last term! The time working from home has allowed students to experiment with using different drawing apps and programs to create some fabulous pieces of work. These are just some of the apps and programs for Art & Photography: ProcreateAutodesk SketchbookSketchbookPhotoPeaLightroomSnapseed Whether it’s been recreating work by the artist Michael Craig-Martin, […]

Online biometrics, privacy and statistics

Online biometrics, privacy and statistics

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Adapting our teaching to work online with different groups with different needs has been tough, there’s no doubt. But occasionally there’s a clear advantage of this way of working. Over the past few weeks I’ve been teaching Year 7 about genetics, adaptations and environmental effects on organisms.  I wanted to collect some class data on various attributes that the students had for us to discuss. Because these data are in effect personal biological facts about […]

French lessons from the perspective of international students

French lessons from the perspective of international students

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What are French lessons like from the perspective of international students? Ms Hornung, Fyling Hall’s Head of Modern Languages, asked Yamina (Year 10, from Germany) and Tim (Year 10, from Hong Kong) to share their thoughts . . . Lock down again from January, although this time many of us have known what it is like to be doing lessons online. French has always been our favourite lesson even in the last lockdown, normal lessons […]

Keeping the spirit lifted and ourselves busy

Keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy

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Keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy is very important for me and the other borders who remained at school. The past weeks almost months have been tough and far from normal. Let me share with you some of the ways in which we are keeping the spirits lifted and ourselves busy. White Robin Hoods Bay A common way to pass time and keep fit at the same time was spending the evening in the […]

We want to see your talent

We want to see your talent

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We want to see your talent! Your talent might be juggling, singing, acting, comedy sketch, poetry recital, animal training etc . . . Your act just needs to be entertaining! In return, you could win a prize! Launched by Fyling Hall’s Music and Drama Departments, Ms Johnson, Head of Drama, commented, “I am super excited to release the details of the ‘Fyling Hall’s Got Talent’ competition! Already we have a number of entries and I think it […]

valuable life skills

Valuable life skills

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Gaining valuable life skills is a key benefit of work placements. Just over a year ago Fyling Hall’s now Head Girl, Phoebe, commenced her work placement at Pinkney Grunwells Lawyers LLP. Written shortly after her placement, Phoebe kindly shares her experience and makes the case for gaining valuable life skills, which also provided her with great content on her recent UCAS application. My work experience was guided by the solicitor, Amy Arnold, who is also […]

Inspired by Amanda Gorman's wonderful poem

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s wonderful poem

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Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s wonderful poem and recital at President Biden’s inauguration, Year 10 Second Language students spent part of last term studying the poem. Students from China, Hong Kong, Russia and Germany couldn’t end the term without trying out their own performance. With some students joining lessons abroad they had a lovely afternoon filming their sections and sending them in. We hope you enjoy Fyling Hall’s rendition of “The Hill We Climb”, inspired by […]

Never has Geography been more applicable than now

Never has Geography been more applicable than now

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It is interesting to note that never has Geography been more applicable than now, right this minute. As a species, we are constantly striving to make sense of this world we call home. The use of fossil fuels and whether we should have stopped using them last century. The development of clean, public transport and how to make it sustainable. Food miles, energy use, access to drinking water and sanitation, global trade agreements, our personal […]

Drama is a subject unlike anything else

Drama is a subject unlike anything else

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Year 12 Drama student, Ulyana, tells us about her drama experiences and shares why drama is a subject unlike anything else she has studied before ….. Studying in England is something that I have never expected to happen with me. However, in August 2020 first time in my life I crossed British border. After spending in Fyling Hall School some time I’m happy to share my experience with you. At the time when Dr. Richardson […]

Away from their screens

Away from their screens

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We’ve been hearing about what the pupils have been doing away fromtheir screens, but wonder what our teachers have been doing to escapethe ubiquitous Zoom lessons… Mr Cross is a huge Bach fan, and decided to re-arrange Bach’s Andante inF major for the organ. Not only did he transcribe the piece – it wasoriginally composed for violin –  but he also decided to learn to playit himself and then record it! Miss Stewart has been […]

What is good mental health?

What is good mental health?

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What is good mental health? Well, it is not one thing alone. Rather, it is a number of things that give us good mental health. It is our ability to learn; it is about how we express ourselves, using a range of emotions to do so. It is about how we cope with change and the uncertainties that can bring, and it is also about our relationships with others, ensuring that these are positive rather […]

Not strange to see boarders on their own bikes

Not strange to see boarders on their own bikes

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Since the inception of “PE with a Difference”, it is not strange to see boarders on their own bikes. Nearly 3 years ago now, we as a games department had the idea to ride across England in an effort to raise money and kickstart a mountain bike program at Fyling Hall. This means that it was almost two and a half years ago that we successfully bought a fleet of 10 mountain bikes, and our […]

music in a virtual world

Music in a virtual world

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How does one teach music in a virtual world? Miss Johnson, Fyling Hall’s Head of Music, takes us on a quick journey through some of our music lessons during the UK’s third lockdown. Year 4, 5 and 6 having been creating their own instruments. Pupils had a choice of three . . . from glass xylophone, straw pipes and rain maker and only one lesson to make it.  Take a look! Year 7 looked at […]