We had a great time on our school trip to Tewkesbury this term. We walked from school into town which took over an hour. We arrived at the Abbey and had a much needed rest. Throughout the day we got to go on a ‘luxury’ boat trip along the river. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the staff. We visited ‘Out of the Hat’ museum and learnt about the history of the building and Bartholomew Read, a glove maker over 300 years ago. We also went on a search for ‘Alley Cats’ in some of the 30 alleyways in Tewkesbury, and we learnt about who the alleys were named after. We also had a look around the Abbey, and some of us were shown the metal door that is made out of horse armour when the battle of Tewkesbury happened. We enjoyed a picnic on the Abbey lawns and even had time for a delicious ice cream, before visiting the secret garden. What an amazing day we had!
As part of learning about the history of Tewkesbury we have been learning about medieval life. We have learnt about the homes, medicine and clothing of medieval times. We also learnt that people in those times would eat pottage- a vegetable stew. So, we harvested our own potatoes, tomatoes and herbs as well as other vegetables to make our own. We also made bread and pears infused with cloves. We all tried the food and many of the children even enjoyed it. Some even requested that it is put on the school dinner menu!
We have learnt all about Heraldry and why it was so important to help identify the knights in their full armour during battle. Each shield had a different design and the colours and charges used were often significant to the family. We designed our own shields to represent something from our life at home and something from school. We then had a fun day sewing, even though it was a bit tricky! We had lots of parents and grandparents to help us.
In art we created an observational drawing of ‘The Arrivall’, a commemorative sculpture for the Battle of Tewkesbury. We used different media to create our own artwork. We concentrated on line, tone and shading. We are really proud of our artwork.