9th November 2016
Last Thursday, the 5th Form children visited Bosworth Battlefield to support their study of the Wars of the Roses in History. They had a guided walk around the battlefield where they learned a lot about the tactics and events of that fateful day in 1485. A medieval Captain then gave them a demonstration of medieval weaponry, with some of the children being asked to help demonstrate such delights as a poleaxe and bladed mace, and the Captain himself describing in gory detail how you could use a pitchfork against an enemy. The medieval archer explained the importance of the longbow in medieval battles and the children got the chance to see if they could pull a longbow themselves – David Bennett proved adept at the task! – as well as examining a crossbow and the intriguing tools used by the barber surgeon to patch up the wounded. Finally, they explored the excellent hands-on Exhibition Centre, where the favourite activity was trying on the extremely heavy chain-mail – quite a few of them had to be helped out of it! No visit is complete without a quick trip to the souvenir shop and we did our best to clear them out of wooden swords, with a well-choreographed sword-fight in the courtyard outside. The children really enjoyed their day and behaved very well – members of the public and the Bosworth staff all commented on what a credit to the school they were.