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Caldicot Castle trip KS1

To start our topic this term on 'Dungeons and Dragons' the key stage 1 children went on a trip to Caldicot castle.  It was great fun getting on the coach and traveling over the Severn Bridge to Wales.  When we got there we had lots of different activities to take part in at the castle.  Firstly we were met by a knight in full armour called Sir William who taught us how to greet him and Lady Alinore correctly.  

 

 

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We had a talk from Sir William where he told us all about life as a knight and the training he had to do, starting in the kitchen at age 6, moving onto serving food, then becoming a paige, then a squire and then at age 24 a full knight.  He showed us some of his weaponry and all about his armour, we even had a mock execution!
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We also had a talk from Lady Alinore who told us all about daily life in a castle and how she was married at the age of 7, her husband was only 9 and at the age of 12 she was running the castle!  The day started with washing, dressing, the guarderobes and breaking fast.  The main meal of the day was at 11am and how rich people had much better food than poor people.  At the evening meal there was entertainment with dancing, but if you did something wrong there were punishments.  Some of the children were told of for dropping food on the floor so they had to lick it up like dogs. (don't worry they just pretended!)  Also when the castle had visitors the really special people had a bedchamber but the others had to sleep in tents or in the hall.  If you were quite important you got to sleep on a table, the less important people then got to sleep on a bench and the least important had to sleep on the floor with the rats and mice.

 

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We also got to met a cook - they were always men as often on the battlefield they would also be needed to fight, and he told us of course men are better cooks than women!!!  He told us what plates were made of and what fingers were used for.  How food was kept fresh and why herbs, salt and spices were so important. He demonstrated how they used to cook on an open fire.
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We had time to explore the Norman keep, the De Bohun gate and the Woodstock tower.  We investigated medieval defences, looked at the arrow slits, murder holes, the moat and of course the favourite part the dungeons and related it to what we have already learnt about castles.
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We were very lucky with the weather and got to eat our lunch in the courtyard.  We learnt lots of interesting facts today and had a great time.
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