On Tuesday January 31st all of our Year 7 students were transported back in time into the Medieval period. Our students enjoyed an immersive day filled with music, dancing, food, costumes, games and crafts; all from the medieval era.
Over the course of the school day, every student made their own wet felt fabric, whilst learning all about the traditional fulling process used to make wool fabrics. All stomach muscles clenched as they imagined the intense smells involved with treading for endless hours on wool in a barrel of human urine and explored some of the smelly science behind the process.
Preparing for battle, students explored the purposes, materials and symbolism in the designs for shields. Then armed with just their imaginations (oh and their very 21st Century Chromebooks!) they designed their own personal shields to represent their individual styles, personalities and ambitions.
Having worked up a grand appetite, our medieval students headed to the food technology labs where they learned all about the constituent parts of a medieval feast and then faced the challenge of making their own Gingerbread. Hungry bellies made for great baking! When comparing modern day gingerbread recipes with those of the Medieval era, the overwhelming consensus was that modern was definitely best!
Over in the gymnasium our very own UCTC medieval strictly come dancing competition was underway. Student groups had only a short time to learn new dance moves and to choreograph their final performances ready for the harsh judging by Mr Topping, Mr Levett, Mrs Levett and Miss Chilvers. Our intrepid medieval era year 7 students were not phased by this challenge; seemingly they are a year group of extraordinary dancing talent providing little for the judges to criticise.
Medieval day had its quiet moments and in a little known corner of the school students were playing a range of medieval games. The gamblers amongst our year 7 populations were engaged with the games of 'Gluckhaus' and 'Shove Groat' whilst those who like to show off their more kinesthetic talents played the games of 'Hoopla' and 'Pick up Sticks'.
A medieval experience would not have been complete without an exploration into the legend of the sword in stone and a visit from King Arthur. He made an appearance in a Disney Movie snippet and students explored research questions about the legend before writing their own creative poetry. They wrote their own version of the Sword in the stone. Our students were of course impressive writers, utilising a range of poetry styles in their creative writing endeavours.
A superb time was had by all involved in the day. It was designed to give the students an opportunity to reinforce their learning about this historical period in a fully cross curricular and memorable way.
Email received from Imgoen year 7 at the end of the Medieval day:
"Thank you for a fantastic day at school today. I really enjoyed it! All of the lessons were great fun and I learnt a lot of new things. All of the lessons were different so it made it exciting. I got to experience what it was like in the medieval day."