St Thomas More Catholic

Primary School

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A Day at Warwick Castle

14 November 2014

Phase 3/4 took part in a fabulous trip to Warwick Castle to develop their understanding and knowledge of how people lived during the medieval times in Britain.

Pupils had the opportunity to experience first hand what life was like for the rich and poor during this historical period and use primary and secondary sources of information.

Following their lessons about castles and life during this time, pupils could see first hand what a Motte and Bailey castle would have looked like and how castles changed and developed over time.

Pupils had time to explore Warwick Castle and learn about the families that lived there. They took part in a guided tour that the pupils very much enjoyed where they re-enacted an attack on the castle and what the inhabitants would do to defend themselves. They learnt about the different techniques the attackers would have used such as digging, negotiations and weapons, and how the castle defenders would have tackled them for example; arrows, murder holes and large supplies kept in the castle for emergencies.

Whilst eating lunch pupils enjoyed a 'Birds of Prey' show that taught them about different recreational activities that people enjoyed doing and some of the animals that were kept in a castle such as peacocks, and eagles.

Following their time at the castle pupils could appreciate how hard life would have been for the majority of people who lived at this time but also how a few people lived in a life of luxury.

Children were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the day and commented on how wonderful the experience was.