This term the Packwood Acorns are learning all about castles and knights as part of their Turrets and Tiaras theme. In Week 6, the children enjoyed a special day devoted to the topic. Their morning began with some ambitious craft activities, which saw them design and make magnificent crowns and, even more impressively, catapults. They put their carefully constructed machines to the test by firing milk bottle tops across the conservatory.
More excitement ensued when the ever-enthusiastic Mr Weston engaged them in a hands-on workshop on ‘How to be a knight’ The children learned all about the finer points of sword fighting (no pun intended) and the workshop finished with them enthusiastically demonstrating their newly acquired fencing skills.
Lunch was a veritable feast. Thomas Franks laid on a spectacular banquet and our newly qualified knights sat proudly in their crowns devouring the lavish array of delicacies on offer.
More activities lay in store in the afternoon. The Acorns PE lesson involved learning to evade capture in their escape from Packwood Castle. Mrs Parry was very impressed with how far they ran in four minutes. Mrs Boutwood taught them to sing a mediaeval song with a refrain and this was followed by mediaeval dancing to an instrumental accompaniment.
Finally, the day concluded with a character hunt in Forest School. The Acorns listened to the story of Robin Hood and then searched for the characters connected to the story amongst the trees, bushes and undergrowth. At the end of the day our happy knights went home exhausted to dream of castles and banquets.