Crew Nightingale’s visit to AgeUK

During the first Thursday of the new term Crew Nightingale spend the morning at the AgeUK centre in Armthorpe.

Here are our reflections from the visit and what we learnt about the importance of the centres for elderly people in Doncaster and across the UK.


At the Age UK Centre I met a old lady and I learnt that some only come once a week and some come twice a week as most of them live on their own and they go to the Age UK to meetup with other people, some people get dropped off and some go there themselves. The Age UK Centre is important for them because it can be the only time they get to go out anywhere and some of them go to see their friends because they have made friends with one and other.

James Herriot


At the Age UK centre I met two women and three men. I learnt that the Age UK centres are really important to the elderly and people with dementia as that time that they spend and the centre may be the only time they socialise and get some a form of entertainment for example; playing games. However this isn’t all, they might receive the only hot meal of the day. Whilst I was there I learnt that even though the people there weren’t that active they had a very bubbly characters and some I found to be quite cheeky. I also learnt that quite a lot of them were really good at playing dominoes.

I think that Age UK is an important charity as they help resolve loneliness for people who may not have many family and also people who don’t have any at all. They pick up people and bring them to the centre from their house. The charity and centre is very welcoming and the people who visit are very chatty.

Kajal Singh


From today’s visit to age UK, i’ve learnt that it’s important for the elderly have the opportunity to go to the Age UK centres, for a few reasons the main one is so that they have company of talking and meeting new people and bonding with others. Most elderly people live on their own which can be quite lonely and boring so it’s nice to have the chance to get out the house and interact with others.

I met a lady called Ivy, she lives on her own as her husband had died and her son doesn’t live with her. It was her first time visiting the centre and she seemed to be enjoying it so far, overall she seemed overwhelmed to have been able to spend some time with me.

Overall I think it’s a good idea having Age UK centres around the UK as it can change elderly people’s lives, even if it’s going to the centres a few hours a week it can make a difference.

Keira Moules


During today’s visit at the AgeUK centre, I learned that the AgeUK centres are very helpful for the elderly who struggle to do a lot of things due to their age. AGEUK centres are helpful for them to;

  • Get them out of the house.
  • Get them a cooked hot meal per day they are there.
  • Helps them socialise with other people.
  • Helps them enjoy the rest of their life with people who will help them by picking them up because they couldn’t make their own way


I spoke to 4 people today at AgeUK and the first two were men one of 98 years of age, I asked him what he used to do he explained how he was in the Royal Air Forces for 5 years dure in WW2 fighting in India. Then he went on to explain about how he left after 5 long years into another part of the Army. He spoke to me about it like it was just a week ago it happened.

Loneliness for an old person is the equivalent for smoking 15 cigarettes per day, so this will mean it affects you mentally, everyone at AgeUK might not get anywhere else all week, so it’s good for you to say something to them, even if it’s in the street they might not of spoken to anyone else at all that day.

Jake Riddiough


At the Age UK Centre I met Dora. I learnt that she lost her husband around 10 years ago and her son recently. I now know she likes to do knitting and wordsearches in her spare time. The Age UK centre is important for them because they can meet new people and they can have company if they live alone at home, like Dora.

I learnt that the importance of the Age UK Centre is that they help older people who for example people with Dementia not feel as lonely as they normally do. I learnt from Dora that loneliness is depressing and it makes her feel really sad as at home she can not socialise with anyone. She said to me games like dominos are boring for her and she’s just grown out of them.

Loneliness effects her badly because being lonely isn’t very nice and it can cause depression.

Lea Ashforth


Today crew Nightingale went to the AgeUK centre in Armthorpe and met with some old people to talk to them and find out about their lives. This was in order to complete 1 of our 20 ways to be XP.


Me and Kai were sat with three people visiting AgeUK to learn all about their lives and just to have a general conversation, this is because loneliness is a big problem among old people and people need to be aware of this.


My favourite part of the day was finding out about all the interesting stories the elderly people were telling us. Lee was in the navy during the Korean War and served for the entire length of the war before coming back to the UK. We also found out about Mavis owning a farm with hundreds of chickens, 32 goats lots of cows, 18 cats and 3 dogs.


Elliot Crawley


Today I visited the Age UK centre in Armthorpe. I met 80 year old Harriette who goes to Age UK twice a week. Harriette really enjoys getting out of the house to socialise with people. She loves to speak to people and depends on Age UK to do this since her husband died nearly 3 years ago.


Harriette is from Ireland so some of her family live there near Dublin airport however she does have a nephew named Brian who lives in Kent.  She goes to visit him quite often as they get along really well.Harriette came from a big family with four brothers and three sisters however they sadly passed away and she only has one sister left.


Harriette likes to keep herself busy by reading books. She can get lonely sometimes when she is at home, a lot of people on her street don’t speak to her apart from a family across the road who speak to her often. Before her husband died she lived in a village in Bawtry where she got along with people really well.


Harriette and her husband ran a shop in Bawtry selling arts and craft such as paintings and pottery. She really enjoyed this job and it was a successful business she also opened a shop in Doncaster after closing the Bawtry one however she prefered the one in Bawtry.


Demi Bunting


From visiting Age UK, I’ve learnt how important the company of the centres are for those who visit. The elderly often live alone and have very little company but the Age UK centres provide the chance for them to leave their houses and interact with other people. The lady I spoke to was called Ivy and she spoke about how she lives alone after her husband passed away. She also has a son who she adopted with her husband but he lives in Blackpool where she used to live years ago. Loneliness can affect the elderly as they have to spend their days at home in an empty house with no way of communication as they don’t tend to use social media and it’s unlikely they would be on the phone to someone all day. Without communication they would begin to isolate themselves from society and it could lead to issues with their mental health.


Amy G


Today our Crew went to the Armthorpe age UK Centre. We went out to complete 1 out of 20 ways to be XP. We learned that the centres are used around the UK to help lonely elderly who have no one to talk to. When I was talking to the people at the centre I thought that they would be slow and not talkative however that was not the case as the people who I talked to we very talkative and intrigued about me. They had a good sense of humour and wanted to talk forever.


I asked a man who was at the centre and he told me that he gets really bored at home because he has nobody to speak to. He said that he has been going to the centre for 2 years and he goes for the company


Kai Ameri


The Age UK centres are very important to the elderly people as that might be the only place they can have a hot meal. The centre mean a lot for the old people as they can provide comfort if the elderly are lonely. People can go their to socialise.


I learnt that even people who have dementia and are elderly people can have fun, I played dominoes and the lady played with was extremely good at it. We talked a lot and found we had a lot of fun. I played games with a lady called rita, at start me and James played noughts and crosses with her. I have learned even people with dementia Can still have fun and play games. Rita was really good at the games and could understand us really well.


Marley McAnulty


I never really understood the importance of Age UK until my visit to Armthorpe Community Centre, this is where I met Mable she showed me that Age UK is a big thing for her as she has nobody left, except for her dog Penny. Age UK is a place where she goes to communicate and socialise.


Mable taught me that she used to be a hairdresser but also that she has never been abroad. We didn’t get very much of her life but we know that she took caravan trips to Filey with her family.


She only gets to see people when she visits Age UK, she had some fun today and was upset to see us leave. This shows she clings onto the interactions of Age UK like her happiness depends on it.




I never understood the importance age UK is to the elderly who go there. This is until, I went to the Armthorpe centre. Here, we were given the chance to meet some of the elderly who go there, and I met Mabel.


From these elderly people, we got an insight into what is Age UK meant to them and what an importance it is.



Crew Nightingale’s Academic Day

Each week Crew Nightingale have an academic check in. During the session students can work on expedition specific content, revision or extended study. Kai used some of the session to model a maths answer for Elliot and Marley and Lea talked Amy through her maths paper. Mean while it was great to see Annie, Caitlin, Kajal, James, Jake and Demi revising or working on other content from the expeditions this half term. Great job guys you made me a very proud Crew Leader!

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C23 Immersion 3rd and 4th September

C23 will be visiting the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for their immersion experience into their first expedition of Year 9. Students in Admiral will visit on Monday 3rd September and Skipper will visit on Tuesday 4th September. 

We will be spending the full day there, although this should not fall outside of normal school hours. Should there be a problem with traffic we will post updates directly to the school website. With the museum only being in Leeds, this should not be an issue.

Students will need everyday school attire and equipment as normal but will also need a packed lunch. Students on free school meals will have a packed lunch provided.


Already looking forward to the new year!

Tassomai: Continuing Extended Study

A polite reminder that ALL C21 and C22 students have the ongoing compulsory extended study task of completing 10 minutes of daily quizzing on Tassomai. This must be kept up throughout the half term and beyond if it is to have to impact on student’s recall of key science information.

Please remind your sons and daughters of the need to keep this up!

Thanks again for the continued support.

C21/C22 Parents: Tassomai

Students in Years C21 and C22 have the ongoing compulsory extended study of 10 minutes of daily quizzing on the Tassomai science learning programme. This system works to develop students retention and recall of key science facts and concepts by daily quizzing and interleaved retrieval practice. Tassomai done for a least 10 minutes per day will be massively important in ensuring students are GCSE ready. It is only effective when done little and often over the time until GCSE examinations. It is ineffective when not done and left until before exams.

We have been using Tassomai with students in since Christmas and have an expectation that it is done on a daily basis. However, there have been perhaps a significant number of students who have not used the program for many days and continue to do this sporadically despite reminders from members of staff.

We have therefore decided that students who have missed two days or more of quizzing in a week will attend a compulsory extended study session to catch up. Progress will be checked on a Friday and those students who need to then attend compulsory extended study will then do so on the following Thursday. We would greatly appreciate it if parents could give students a nudge to check whether Tassomai has been completed.

Thank you for your continued support in ensuring our students develop strong habits of work and learning and in our aim of becoming exam ready.

We have decided to postpone C23’s fieldwork to Flamborough Head that was scheduled for this Friday 16th of March. The weather forecast predicts strong winds and heavy rain and having completed a risk assessment, we have decided that it would not be wise to continue with the trip.

We will instead reschedule the visit for Skipper to Tuesday 20th March. Please see our original post on fieldwork requirements for the day.

C21 Revision for test first week back

All students in C21 have revision activities to complete. There is a dedicated part of the website for this. In the website go to ‘Students>GCSE curriculum>science>topics>physics>electricity’. Alternatively, students can follow the link directly that I posted on Google Classroom. This part of the website will continue to grow and develop over the course of the year and will be a go to resource for revision and exam practice.

I will be adding more videos every day this week so students should watch them, attempt the practice exam questions and then mark their work and address misconceptions by watching the accompanying walkthrough videos.

By Friday all videos will be added so students will need to complete the google form found on the bottom of that revision page where they can let me know their progress and any area where they still need help.

Students should also continue to do 10 minutes of daily quizzing on Tassomai and read their text books to do retrieval practice.

Any feedback from parents and students would be gratefully received. We are building a website that works for students and meets their study needs to give them the best possible chance of passing their GCSEs.

Thanks for your continued support.

Mr V

C21 Post Mock Exam Celebration!

Our students in Year 10 have been busy working hard and getting smart in preparation for their mock exams which have taken place over the first two weeks of term. The somewhat gruelling schedule has taught our students the value of good preparation and study habits and they have conducted themselves admirably throughout this period.

As a thank you to students for their hard work, we will be having a celebration this Friday 17th January. PE will take place as normal first session in the day followed by fun activities. After lunch we will be taking students for a game of bowling to help them relax and blow off some steam. There will be no change to the usual finish times for students, however we will finish bowling at 14.15 and will let students go home straight from the ‘Tenpin’ bowling alley if they want to. Those students who wish to, may return to school as normal if they are being collected by parents. Please note, this may be a little later than usual as we will be walking back from the bowling alley.

Once again, congratulations to Year 10 on working so hard!

C21 Celebration of Learning: 13th December


As we approach the end of the term, C21 are busy preparing for the culmination of the current expedition, ‘Raiders and Invaders’. As such, we would like to invite the parents, carers and families of all our Year 10 students to their first Celebration of Learning for this academic year. This will take place at the school on Wednesday 13th December at 17.30. The event will last approximately 1 hour where our students will acts as historians, writers and scientists as they present their work and learning to you. This is especially important as this will be a first practice at being an expert for the Viking festival in York where our students will be representing the school in early 2018.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 13th! Thanks for your continued support!

Year 10 Fieldwork: Yorkshire Museum


Year 10 will be undertaking fieldwork this week at Yorkshire Museum in York as part of their Raiders and Invaders expedition. Both classes will visit the museum but on different days.

Skipper: Wednesday

Admiral: Thursday

Students will travel by minibus and will depart at 09.15 and return to school in time for lunch, arriving at 12.30.

This means that there will be no change to the normal school day and students are not required to bring a packed lunch.

We politely ask that students arrive with outdoor clothing and comfortable footwear, writing and note taking equipment and devices to take pictures. If you have any questions or queries, as usual please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Send an email to Mrs Batty or Mr Voltaire.

Many thanks