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Y1 OId Wardour Castle
15/05/2017

Y1's Wardour Castle adventure

Year 1 had  a wonderful day exploring Old Wardour Castle inside and out.

The day began began with a tour around the outside of the ruins, taking notes at the information points, and paying a visit to the Banqueting Hall – which was a later addition to the castle and Beth wondered if it had been built for the owners of the castle to keep their money in!

Once inside the castle itself, the children were eager to explore, and what an adventure was had! We used our feet to measure the thickness of the exterior walls, and even though there is some variety in size, the measurements were all over six feet.
The Courtyard area of the castle had been built with six sides, which the children counted and were quick to recognize as a hexagon.

There was great excitement visiting what would have been The Great Hall and imagining the feasting and dancing that would have once taken place there. We were all astonished to see how big the chimney was in the kitchen and the children expected to find a ‘dungeon’ at every turn – we never did, but there were lots of places to hide and imagine.

Legs grew tired as we climbed up, up, up then down, down, down (Xa’s words) ninety steps and the views were so spectacular that some children reckoned they could see Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and their own homes, among other things.  

After lunch, there was an opportunity for a run around in the beautiful grounds, before sitting quietly to enjoy the peace and tranquility and listen to the birds while making a sketch of the castle and some rubbings of the different textures on the walls.

The quality of the sketches and the writing that was produced on our return to school showed just how inspired the children were by their day out.

Mrs Reeve

 

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