Year 7 History Trip
Following in the footsteps of William the Conqueror, Witham Hall arrived in full force ready to explore Kent and Sussex for two full days of glorious sunshine, ice-creams and adventures.
Our first stop was Battle Abbey, the site of the Battle of Hastings. Year 7 transformed themselves into Anglo-Saxons and Normans, before re-enacting the famous battle-charge up Senlac Hill. Our historical accuracy may have been questionable (I am not sure the Bayeux Tapestry depicted many sunglasses or ice-lollies) but we certainly entertained the locals. As evening approached we retired to a banquet fit for a king, and a well-earned rest after an evening on the beach.
Our second day saw us out in Dover. Games on the beach were followed by a tour around Dover Castle. The children were shown the ingenuity behind castle building, and learned a little more about the lives of those who had lived within its walls. The brilliant defences planned by Henry II proved no obstacle for our eager explorers, who quickly found themselves taking photos from the top of the keep and sausage-rolling down the embankments.
As a History teacher, it was obviously a real treat that the trip helped to bring the past alive for the pupils. I was kept on my toes with tricky questions throughout and was impressed by how much they had remembered from lessons this year. More than this, as staff we were delighted to see such wonderful friendships in action - the children showed maturity and good manners and worked to include everyone. A credit to the community.