Our Year seven students were commended on their ‘splendid behaviour’ and enthusiasm’ after a day in Canterbury, finding out more about the Medieval era.
The 35-strong Shell cohort took part in The Canterbury Tales Medieval Education Day and received high praise from event organisers after taking excelling in a shield designing workshop.
Head of History, Mrs Claire Blann, who was joined by Shell form tutors on the day, said: “The children really engaged in all the interactive activities and gained invaluable knowledge which we have been since drawing-on in class lessons.
“I was particularly impressed with the Gad’s students’ listening skills and creativity during our session on Heraldry at Canterbury Christ Church University, where they created their own family coat of arms.”
The Gad’s group took part in a walking tour with an archaeologist and discovered how many of Canterbury’s Medieval buildings still survive, how to identify one what happened to the ones which are no longer there.
After an al fresco lunch in the sunshine, the 11-12 year-olds had an educational tour, especially for school children, of The Canterbury Tales. The City’s award winning visitor attraction brings the sights, sounds and smells of medieval England, and Chaucer’s tales of love, infidelity, intrigue, courtship and death, to life by way of vivid and dramatic re-enactments of Medieval times.
Before a visit to England’s largest surviving Medieval gateway, the students enjoyed a demonstration of armour and weaponary.
The day ended on a high note… atop West Gate Towers Museum’s 60 feet high viewing point, with a breath-taking view of Canterbury.
Mrs Blann will be awarding prizes in assembly to those students who produce the best diary entry homework about their outing.