The introduction of craftsmanship, design and technology by the Haverigg School in 1991


One of the biggest effects of the national curriculum on elementary school students – and their teachers – has been the introduction of crafts, design and technology (CDT) into the classroom, The Mail said in his article on the school report in 1991.

“Previous generations had to wait until high school before approaching a circuit board or electric motor, but now ten and eleven-year-olds are becoming confident in wiring bells, bulbs and switches and making all kinds of weird and wonderful devices. “the report said.

And to prove that four children from Haverigg Elementary School showed how they embraced the new subject by winning first prize in a CDT competition in Workington.

William Griffith, Jaclyn Gibson, Gareth Birkett and Stephen Phillips beat opposition from 24 schools in Cumbria to win the best product section in a competition to design and manufacture a burglar alarm

The children received a presentation box containing a “precious jewel” and had to wire it so that no one could steal it without setting off an alarm.

Manager Ken Heaton said the four were “blown away” by their success.

In 1993, the first Maypole dance in Haverigg in 60 years was held in the village as part of a Victorian day.

Young people from Haverigg Primary School were trained to acquire the skills needed for the event.

Watching the revival of the Haverigg tradition, teachers, parents and students were all dressed in Victorian costumes.

In 1997, all ten Haverigg Warren Lowe school students Jessie Conway and Sophie Heaton came third out of 18 schools in the southern Cumbria region in the Cumbria County Council Young Citizens Quiz. It was headed by Ian Johnson, Senior Manager of Trade Standards.

Haverigg’s students were scheduled to advance to the county finals at Newton Rigg College later in the year.

Director Janice Brockbank said the questions were based on health and safety, as well as emergency services.

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