Last week we went to the amazing Farleigh Hungerford to learn more about life in a castle and explore what a real castle is. We began with an excellent session of trying on costumes just like stewards, lords, ladies, carters and nuns wore back in the medieval time. Mrs Newbury took lots of photos of us looking very splendid! Next we handled some real artefacts that came from the castle. We wore white gloves so we didn't scratch of damage these precious things. It was great fun guessing what they were. The we explored the castle on a treasure hunt looking for shields - they were in the strangest of places but it was a fantastic way to see all the castle and its features. With the sun beating down, we found a shady spot in the walled garden while eating our lunches. We were also very lucky to be able to try on some real chain mail - it was so heavy as well as hold a real sword!
After lunch, Simon form English Heritage took us on a tour of the castle - he explained its history and at various places, there were even more opportunities for us to dress us as people form way back then. We loved this part especially as we felt part of the castle and the people that lived so long ago. Simon said we behaved very well and thanked us for asking and answering such interesting questions. At the end of our time at Farleigh Hungerford, we finished with a wheelbarrow race - not quite what they would have done in medieval times, but great fun!! What a fantastic day!
In art, we are finding out about an abstract artist called Paul Klee. He was born in Switzerland into a family of musicians but he chose to be an artist.
Mrs Stacey Budge
Mrs Nicky Newbury
Mr Peter Mould
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