Scaplen’s Court – Anglo-Saxons and Vikings!
We had lots of fun on our school trip learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings at Scaplen’s Court travelling there on the school mini bus and we would love to share our experience with you!
When we arrived we explored the toy room from back in history and the old school room!
We all gathered upstairs in the hall then Gillian (the historian) came in to tell us about Anglo-Saxons. She showed us the old oysters (which they ate) and some materials such as linen and animal hide from the Anglo-Saxons time for evidence. Next Chloe P and Johnathan got dressed up into Anglo-Saxon costumes. We loved seeing what they would wear in detail, we learnt that their clothes were uncomfortable but kept them warm. The clothes were made out of sheep wool and flax and looked like matted hair.
Then we went on to learning about the Anglo-Saxon weapons. The wealthier you were the more weapons you had to protect you and your family, however if you are less fortunate you would only have a leather slingshot and a rock: Rose, Emily, Alex and Danny demonstrated that to us. The weapons they used were Spears, metal swords and decorated shields to protect them. We learnt that the shields were in special colours so you would know what long boat to get back on (how clever).
Soon after that, we went downstairs and celebrate one of the Angles gods in the name of Woden the god of Wednesday and he was the leader god we celebrated for him because we went on Wednesday. We gathered round the fake fire and raised our hands whilst saying some prayers!
Soon after the fire we went inside a small building and did some awesome activities like made a true Angles dish named Pottage using vegetables and hot water. Next we moved on to some awesome
tapestry, making Ink from scratch and illumination pictures. We then went back up to the hall tried our pottage and had our lunch
After lunch we started doing Vikings. First Gary came in and told us about Viking history. He showed us pictures of evidence of battles from archaeologists. Then Lydia and Riley got dressed up in Viking costumes which were very similar but not the same as the Angles.
Next was an amazing experience we went on a fake Viking boat, we had to pull the oars like real Viking long boats. We also heard the noises of what it would be like on the ship. Then Ollie was used for showing us what it would be like for a chieftain to be buried on the boat not on land!
After that we went downstairs and did some more activities but this time it was Viking; like making bread, clay Viking runes, Viking game called Kubb and candle making.
Then we went back upstairs and got our bags and tried our bread. Mr Gould came to pick us back up in the mini bus and drove us back to school! We had an amazing trip and would go again. Thankyou by Lydia J and Rose A
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