05 Jul

  • By suzannefairbairn

Year 6 and year 7 students had an action packed day at the fantastic Chalke Valley History Festival on Thursday 27th June. They began with a practical workshop learning about forms of communication used in the second world war and tried their hand at various types of code-breaking.

The next event was a fun filled factual talk by Martin Brown, the illustrator of the Horrible History books. Topics covered some truly horrible history facts, but also a brilliantly inspiring talk about “illustration”; Year 6 will be having a go and creating their own historical cartoon characters themselves towards the end of term.

Before lunch the fascinating facts behind the D Day landings were taught to the class by one of the historical re-enactment cast, who kept them captivated with his dramatic retelling. The highlight for many of the students appeared to be the chance to be drilled by the Sargent Major before being sent through the smoke filled trench to end the day.

It was an absolute pleasure to take the students and they should be proud of the way they conducted themselves. I was certainly proud of them at the end of the day when a member of the Chalke Valley team stopped me to congratulate the pupils of their outstanding contribution and behaviour throughout the day!