Willow Class studied the Tudors in Term 3. This was a topic thoroughly enjoyed by the children and it was lovely to see such enthusiasm for the subject from all of the children. To finish our topic, we visited Leeds Castle. We started off the day nice and early - so early in fact, that the gates were not yet open when we arrived!
When we arrived into the castle grounds, our coach drove us down to nearby the castle. We were met by our workshop leader, who escorted us to the workshop room. When we arrived, we sat down and were told we were to take part in a drama activity. We were then asked to act out scenes from the time of Henry VIII. We played the characters of King Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Thomas Cromwell (the royal advisor), Anne Boleyn, The Executioner, Jane Seymour, Hans Holbein (the royal artist) and Anne of Cleves. We even got to wear costumes and sit on a throne! After this, we then made our own roundel, made of clay, of King Henry VIII or one of the Queens. Our workshop leaders ensured that the roundels were on a high quality and showed us exactly how to model the clay into the shapes we needed.
After this, we had lunch then went to the adventure playground. On finishing our fun in the playground, we then finally made our way to the castle. We had a class photo in front of the Moat (see the banner image) before entering the castle. It was wonderful to see the inside of the castle and read lots of information about the Tudors, as well as viewing portraits of the Royal Family first hand and examining their living quarters.
Sadly, this was the end to our day at the castle. On the walk back to the coach, we saw lots of wildlife, including swans and moorhens. The castle grounds were beautiful. Miss Gravenell picked up our clay roundels - they were very heavy! Then, we boarded the coach to go home. We had a wonderful day, had lots of fun and learnt lots!