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.
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.