We have been learning about electricity in Science over the past few weeks. This week, we used our knowledge of circuits and made our own working torches. We included a switch so that we could turn the torches on and off.
Today, we went to St Albans Abbey, as part of our History topic. The children took part in a session about the ‘Dissolution of the Monasteries’. They each dressed up in role and acted out the events that took place at St Albans Monastery. King Henry VIII closed down monasteries all over the country, after he became the Head of the Church of England. St Albans was one of the last ones to close. The buildings of the monastery were destroyed but the church survived because the people of St Albans bought it from the King.
We also took part in a workshop where we created illuminated letters, just as medieval monks did in the past. We learnt that the monks wrote on parchment or velum, and they created ink by crushing different natural resources. We also learnt that everyone was forced to write with their right hand, and writing was done with a feather from a goose!
We enjoyed the day and learnt such a lot! We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to come with us on this visit, and make the experience so enjoyable for all the children.
We hope that everyone enjoys the bank holiday weekend.