On the 16th of June, some students here at Keresley went on a medieval siege to Warwick Castle for the day, with the intention of a fun day out to learn about the good old days of castles, knights and trebuchets. Leaving straight after breakfast, the students were on their way for a great day out.
Arriving at the Castle, the students jumped out of the minibus, eager to get the day started. Starting off with a walk to the main castle, taking in the views around them with huge brick watch towers and giant walls giving off a genuine feel of medieval times. When they got to the main castle, the students walked in and started to look round, both students taking a large interest in the weapons and armour, their favourite seemed to be the Brown Bess, which is a large Musket dating back to the late 1700’s.
After spending a good bit of time in the main castle house looking around the students decided they wanted some lunch, so they went to get food and sat in the “inner court” . After lunch the students sat down for some ice cream and talked about what they would like to see next, both deciding they were ready to brave the dungeons…
While finishing their ice creams the staff and students walked to the dungeons, each saying it won’t be scary, it’ll be silly - not realising what they were in for. After walking in through the doors they realised it wasn’t as silly as they thought, in fact it was very tense, and scary with actors playing people who have been locked up, telling them their stories about what they’ve done and some going to the students and giving them a few scares, leaving both staff and students scared but laughing.
After the dungeons they ventured off to the mazes, ready to prove that they have a great directional sense, in the end just proving they have a great skill at getting lost. Throughout the mazes there are stamps, which you have to go round and stamp your card with, so the staff and the students split into two teams ready to race off to find out who could find the stamps the quickest…. “Ready...Set...GO” as both teams shot off round the mazes collecting the stamps.
With the students returning first with all stamps in hand the staff accepted a loss, but instead of leaving the staffs with some stamps missing, the students chose to help the staff out guiding them and giving them hints along the way. With both students tired but happy with such a good day they headed back for the Centre.
After a successful siege, and a win for Keresley we have more enrichment trips on the way.
(Assistant Teaching Assistant)