Chalke Valley History Festival
In June 2016, Mrs Savage took Years 5, 6 & 7 to the Chalke Valley, near Shaftesbury, for our first visit to the History Festival. As the saying goes, “to see it is to understand it better” and our pupils were able to roam around numerous Living History stands: there were many sniggers as a WW1 Brigadier tried to set some military discipline, a very entertaining miner & corpulent sergeant (‘the shouty man’) to answer questions, as well as guide them around the recreated trench system for an excellent taste of what life was like during the First World War. The pupils also experienced Roman Gladiators with weapons and had some handy hints about how to move in the heavy helmets – a very useful life skill these days!
Put through their paces ‘on board’ saw the pupils doing the exercises used by Nelson’s Navy, and able to learn all about Celtic weapons, the pupils were challenged and engaged and properly saturated in History for the day! There were Roman surgeon’s tables, apothecaries and all sorts of artefacts, outfits and two talks also kept them busy and, on a hot day, ice creams may have featured somewhere in the day….
Mr Coakeley shared the day and the guide provided was absolutely great – very many thanks to all the adults involved! The CVHF have really developed the Schools Festival successfully and the experience, setting and enjoyment of the day is definitely something we hope to repeat!