Year 6 Visit Lincoln Castle

On Thursday 9th June Year 6 visited Lincoln Castle as part of their topic and also as an investigation into local historical buildings. 

Avoiding the cast and crew filming for a popular TV show, we were guided to our rooms within the castle. Here we reinforced our learning on the Magna Carta by viewing one of only four remaining original documents in the world in the castle’s vault, and after some discussion about the Magna Carta’s significance in (world) history, pupils took part in a King John drama which involved a lot of dressing up and looked at the build-up to, and aftermath of, the sealing of Magna Carta in 1215. There followed a medieval ‘banquet’ with lords and ladies at the top table, servers, dancing, and attempted comedy turns from various jesters. This was swiftly followed by some replica armour handling. Pupils began to realise just how heavy a small piece of chain mail could be!  

After lunch on the grass in the castle’s bailey we were led on a wall walk around the battlements with expert explanations from our guide of the various developments in the castle’s structure and locations of different battles and skirmishes in the area. 

We are fortunate to have on our doorstep such a remarkable and nationally important landmark. Parts of its rich and varied history were brought to life in a very enjoyable visit.