Faldingworth School Goes Medieval

FALDINGWORTH SCHOOL REWRITES HISTORY

To celebrate the arrival of our very own half-sized model Knight, pupils have taken part in a special medieval themed dress up day. It was lovely to see a range of characters from dragons and knights, to royalty and peasants!

Pupils are already very fond of their new resident knight and are planning how to decorate him and give him and his horse a name! The whole school community will learn more about the Battle of Lincoln 1217 and how life would have been for people living 800 years ago. The day was full of activities including a sumptuous breakfast banquet and a battle re-enactment.

IN AN EXCITING REENACTMENT OF THE BATTLE, PUPILS CONSIDERED WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED IF THE REBEL ARMY HAD WON IN 1217. TWO TEAMS (ROYALISTS AND THE REBEL ARMY) OF CHILDREN BUILT TWO DEFENCES FROM SOFT PLAY EQUIPMENT. ARMED WITH A BEANBAG (A FIRE BALL FROM A TREBUCHET) THE SIDES WENT HEAD TO HEAD IN A BATTLE OF THE BRAINS AS THEY ANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE 800 YEARS AGO. THEY USED SKILLS TO AIM THE FIRE BALL AT THE CASTLE SETTLEMENT. POINTS WERE WON FOR CORRECT ANSWERS AND A CAREFUL AIM. THE OVERALL WINNERS WERE THE REBEL ARMY. A DIFFERENT OUTCOME TO THE 1217 BATTLE. IT MADE US THINK ABOUT WHAT LIFE COULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IN BRITAIN IF THE REBELS HAD SUCCEEDED IN TAKING OVER LINCOLN CASTLE.

Local residents may be interested to know that our work on local history has put us in touch with a local author, Dereck Toyne. He was once a Faldingworth scholar. His grandmother told him the tale of the Buslingthorpe Dragon. The legend fascinated him and when he grew up he wrote his own version of the tale. No longer a resident, he lives over 300 miles away, Mr Toyne has now kindly donated a copy of the book to Faldingworth School. The dragon features on our school logo.

 In other news the school has been corresponding with Smithy Street School in London. Miss Clarke Darby and Mr Sanders visited the school in early January to meet the teachers and pupils. As a surprise for our pupils they returned with the ‘Smithy Street’  teddy bear called ‘Lucy’. Lucy is on loan to us for a short while. The children have been getting to know her and have been telling her all about our school. We have taken lots of photos of Lucy on her trip to Faldingworth School so that she can take back some memories to share with the Children at Smithy Street School. Lucy has even been for a ride on our knight and horse!