This letter was not sent to the entire school so it may not be relevant for your child
Further to our Anglo Saxon letter sent home last week, I wanted to let you know in more detail about the content of this exciting and educational day that your child is looking forward to.
The company that are visiting are called History Off The Page Ltd and are coming some distance to visit us with their ‘Life in Saxon Britain Day’ on Monday 10th July. This is part of the curriculum and a working day for the children. The cost to the school for this wonderful experience is £738 and we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £5 per child towards the cost, please speak to the class teacher or Mrs Greer if you have any concerns over this amount.
Off the Page uses lots of different resources to promote learning with children. The Saxon and Viking Day, in particular, is designed to support the History Curriculum and comes under the following orders:
During the morning session workshops, the pupils will take the roles of Saxons working at their various jobs. The workshops are set in the market place of a Saxon village. From their settlement, the pupils discuss the forthcoming battle and react as news is brought to them. The workshops will normally include some or all of the following:-
- Wise-Woman: making medicine and curing the sick
- Rune-Caster: making clay runes (to foretell the future) and bags to keep them in
- Weaver: weaving fabric and/or rope bracelets
- Scribes: making ink and writing messages in runes or uncial script (script written entirely in capital letters)
- Illumination: printing illuminated letters (such as those found in the Lindesfarne Gospels)
- Potters: creating clay pots, elf stones or Cresset lamps
- Metal-workers: making clay moulds for metal casting
- Amulet Makers: making Thor’s (or Thumnor’s) hammers
- Candle Makers: making beeswax candles
For the afternoon session, the children will travel forward to the present day where they will take on the roles of archaeologists, excavators, researchers, professors, they will piece together the fate of the village using dig boxes.
The children will be provided with a bag to take all their finished work home with them.
If you haven’t already done so, please sign the permission slip on last week’s original letter and return to the office as soon as possible.
Julie Greer, Headteacher
This is a copy of the letter that was sent to parents. The original had a reply slip that is not included in this online version. If you would like a copy with the original reply slip please contact the office.