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Church of England Junior School

Year 4 Invade Oxenwood

On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October...

On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October, Year 4 enjoyed their visit to Oxenwood Activities Centre, near Marlborough in Wiltshire.  We were greeted by a Saxon warrior, who also happened to be an outstanding story-teller. We arrived full of hope that we would learn more about the Anglo-Saxons; we were not disappointed.

The day included lots of exciting drama and role play about why, where and how the Saxons invaded.  They also learned how to make an Anglo-Saxon torc (bracelet) by twisting silver wire.  The pupils had to work collaboratively and, as they soon discovered, it was not as easy as it looked.  However, as always, our children persevered and had a great memento to take home with them. Next, it was time to train on the battlefield.  Our year 4 learnt how to make a shield-wall and defend themselves from the advancing enemy (the teachers, LSAs and parents!).  The grounds at Oxenwood are fantastic for such adventures and well-resourced for supporting learning in the outdoors.  We hasten to add that the adults did use spongy balls and javelins during the battle! 

All in all, it was a fantastic day which the children enjoyed immensely.  It has both  enriched their learning and has made them hungry to find out more.