Y5’s (Alfred the) Great day in Winchester!

Y5 visited historic sites across Winchester city centre on Friday 29th June and learned about the impact of the Saxons and King Alfred the Great on the city. They braved sweltering heat, fascinating street performers and bustling Hat Fair crowds to see the length of the ancient high street all the way from West Gate to East Gate. From the ancient Buttercross down to the River Itchen and the walls surrounding the city, they considered which landmarks were related to King Alfred and the Saxons in their bid to stay independent from the Viking invaders.

They handled and sketched an Anglo-Saxon pot in the museum and saw amazing models of the city at different periods in its history. There was even a skeleton to observe and period clothing to try on: children trying on the monk costumes remarked how like Star Wars characters they looked with the hood up!

Then it was on to the spectacular cathedral where the cool stone floors and calm, airy open space were most welcome after the hot, crowded streets. The children stood in absolute silence for a few seconds to observe the peace and tranquility of this magnificent building before Mrs Bryan went on to give a brief history of its importance in the development of Winchester. Some intriguing stories about St Swithun and the six mortuary chests kept the children riveted and asking first class questions. Exemplary behaviour and model learning behaviours amounted to a perfect day out which left us all hot and tired but with a better picture of what primary historical sources are. 

Thanks to the expert staff at Winchester City Museum, cathedral and the education centre and also to our amazing governor and parent helpers. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Have a lovely long weekend and see you all on Tuesday!

The Year 5 team