Year One enjoyed a trip to Dean Heritage Centre as part of their topic on The British Isles. The visit focused on life in the past, particularly the Saxon era. On arrival pupils were met by Athelstan, the first king of England and grandson of Alfred the Great, who told the children about what life was like for everyday people in the years after the Romans left Britannia and before the Norman invasion. Athelstan showed everyone a map of how the country, now called England, was divided into kingdoms in Saxon times; which included Wessex, East Anglia, Northumbria and Mercia.
The children heard about what people ate and drank, then sorted pictures of food and drink into those we might have today and those that were around in Saxon times. It was exciting to handle artefacts, such as combs and tooth picks whilst finding out about how Saxon people lived. Later in the morning everyone had the chance to handle Saxon weapons, shields and armour and make their own shield wall! After lunch everyone enjoyed making Saxon clay pots and decorating them with designs based on pictures of earthenware from the period.
Before the journey home there was time to explore a Victorian garden and house and play a game using stones and a number grid. It was a fantastic visit where everyone learnt lots of new information about the history of the British Isles.