Appleford pupils took delivery this week of some new, very high-tech laptops. These are a fraction of the size, weight and price of conventional laptops but come with all the very latest bells and whistles. They have an inbuilt web-cam and can communicate wirelessly and by Bluetooth as well as with more conventional direct connection. Having solid state memory they are

Time wound back to 1843 for the day. Appleford, the Shrewton school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties, held the event to make Dickens come alive for the pupils. “It brings history to life and it’s a more meaningful experience” says Head Teacher Stella Wilson. The day started with ‘Charles Dickens’ himself arriving to speak to the children in assembly. He told them about his life and his visit to America. He also read from ‘A Christmas Carol’ to an enthralled audience. Everyone dressed up for the day and engaged in Dickens or Victorian related lessons. This included making rag rugs and plum puddings and learning about steam engines and bridge building. “It’s really good fun” said pupil Charlie Farthing. “I enjoyed the bridge building and dressing up best.”