Last week, Year 4 returned pleasantly exhausted from their residential visit to St Briavels. The children stayed at the fascinating 12th century Norman castle at the village of St Briavels. The castle was once used as a hunting lodge, in early medieval times, by King John. Since then, it has had many uses. It was once a prison (a long time ago) but today it is a Youth Hostle.
Within the beautiful setting of St Briavels, the children did a range of activities including Archery, candle-making and bread-making. Honey (class 4) said: "My best bit was the castle tour - we found out that there was a trap door in one of the rooms and that, years ago, people were put down through the trap door as a punishment and left there. I also enjoyed doing the 'water challenge'. "
Dion (class 4): "In the water challenge, each team had to carry a shield, with a jug of water in it, round the castle grounds - whoever had the most water left, at the end, won. In the evening, we all had to make up stories and act them out."
Honey (Class 4): "Our story was about a jester who wasn't funny. We also had hot chocolate."
The children also made their own bread which they ate with their meal at their medieval banquet where no knives and forks were allowed. That must have gone down well!
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