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On Friday 18th May, Jenny Bland brought history to our door when her History Van spent the day with Year 5 introducing them to the events of the Great Sheffield Flood.

The children fully explored the events leading up to and during the flood that devastated parts of Sheffield on 11 March 1864, when the Dale Dyke Dam broke as its reservoir was being filled.

Various scenes were set; an Inn, a tea room and a school as through role play and drama, Year 5 discovered how over 200 families were affected the day the water came.

This was a catastrophic fault in one of Sheffield’s biggest reservoir complexes.

“This session was the start of our project on the Great Sheffield Flood” said Year 5 form tutor Mrs Paul,

“The children were amazed that the fault in the dam wall, which started out as a crack the size of the edge of a knife blade, could grow to such an extent as to lead to the near complete destruction of the Loxley Valley and Malin Bridge villages, killing so many people in the process”.

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