March 2015: Class 4 trip to York.
Our trip to York had two main purposes. In the morning we visited York Minster to experience a Christian place of worship. In the afternoon we visited York Dig to learn about archeology and to find out about a Viking settlement (Jorvik).
Exploring York Minster enabled the children to marvel at one of the finest buildings of the medieval period and to understand the importance that such a building plays in Christian worship.
In the afternoon we visited York Dig. Pupils were able to explore the history of York through practical archeology; they were very excited to see what they could discover!
After this pupils sorted actual archeological finds into different types, such as bone, antler, pottery etc. Identifying some of the materials was more difficult than we expected!
Finally, pupils got to experience a very exciting Viking Battle Tactics workshop, where a ‘Viking’ explained how the different weapons were used. It was a very hands-on workshop with real weapons. The children found it really exciting (and occasionally a bit terrifying). They certainly learnt a lot from it!