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Castle life for Year 1

17 November 2017

Year 1 visited Tamworth Castle as part of the History curriculum, learning about homes in the past. When we arrived in Tamworth the girls had chance to play on the superb playground, with its own fort, where they had time to have a snack before walking up the steep hill to the castle. All the girls really enjoyed this pause after the coach journey.

When arriving at the castle, Apaar had to knock on the huge wooden doors, which were eventually opened 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 7, boys would begin their training to become knights. They also had 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 didn’t 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 tower. It looked a long way down! There were many steep steps to climb but all the girls enjoyed the challenge.

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