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Castle Living

22 November 2019

On Wednesday 13 November, Year 1 visited Tamworth Castle as part of the History Curriculum and learning about homes in the past. When they arrived in Tamworth the girls had time to drink their milk and have a snack before having time to play on the superb playground, with its own fort. All the girls really enjoyed this pause after the coach journey.

After walking up the steep hill to the castle, Ariane knocked on the castle door and the girls were greeted by one of Lady Ferris’ servants. In the morning, the girls took part in two workshops. The first one was with Lady Ferris. The girls learnt how to curtsy when greeting Lady Ferris and also how to lay the lady’s table. Lady Ferris also showed the girls the clothes the children of the time would have dressed in. She was rather confused why girls had come to visit her in breeches and not their usual gowns!

The second workshop showed the girls how to dress a knight for battle. At the age of seven boys would begin their training to become knights. This culminated in a play battle where the girls had to show their most scary war like faces to scare their enemies away!

Lunch time was obviously a hit and the girls enjoyed chatting to their friends in the Great Hall while eating their packed lunches.

The day ended with a tour of the castle where they had to look out for certain features such as the battlements, the wall walk, the arrow slits and the moat. Tamworth did not have a moat, however the river formed a natural form of defence for it. The girls were able to see the river clearly from the top of the battlements. It looked a long way down! There were many steep steps to climb but the girls enjoyed the challenge.

A thoroughly enjoyable and educational day was had by all!

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