Children from year four spent two days in York on a fun-packed overnight trip with the school.
Our pupils’ first day was at Murton Park’s Danelaw dark age village where, once they had dressed up as Romans, they faced a day of hard work to both maintain and defend their new settlement and to be able to see through the helmets!
Some of the pupils were guards while others practised weapons training and made oil lamps. Lara Mathen thoroughly enjoyed her time in York, she said:
Our hotel was really nice with yummy food. After tea we went for a run around York racecourse. The track is 2 miles long so we only did half of it. At 7pm we had a Roman activity evening where we did some brass rubbing, coloured in illuminated letters and made a leather bracelet.
On the following day the pupils visited the Castle Museum in York. Frazer Assheton-Smith described their activities:
The Victorian street was really interesting with a real sweet shop, dungeons, and an old toy shop. There were sounds played to make us believe we were actually in Victorian times. The toy museum had a lot of things from the past 100 years – the teachers all recognised a lot of toys from when they were young!
Lucas Henry also told us:
We all had a workshop as well on the use of electricity in WW1. We made a Morse code machine in pairs using a simple circuit. That activity got very noisy as we practised sending messages to each other.
After lunch in the Merchant Adventurers Hall the pupils visited the Jorvik centre. Inside there was a glass floor which showed a Viking house underneath. Niamh Bentley described what she discovered:
We learnt that the house would sleep whole extended families with children under 12 sleeping on the ground. We then travelled on a carriage through a Viking village. There were people going about their lives and showing us how they lived and worked – the smell was horrible!