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November 12, 2010

Friday 12th November 2010 – Lower School’s visit to the Mary Rose

On Wednesday 10th November, the Lower School went to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth to visit the Mary Rose museum to help support their topic of the Tudors. This was another exciting activity which had been planned for them during our ‘Tudor Week’ and the children were very much looking forward to going!

Once there, we looked around the museum which told us how the Mary Rose sank, how it was re-discovered after 450 years and how it was being preserved do that members of the public could view it. We then looked at some of the artefacts which had been excavated from the bottom of the sea bed and these included shoes, canons, cooking utensils and items of clothing. 

After our museum trip, we took part in a series of workshops where the children took on the role of ‘archaeologists’ and discovered more about the different jobs on board the Mary Rose. They were able to handle replica artefacts which belonged to the cook, carpenter and navigator and they discussed what each item would be used for. Next, the children got to experience how to work as a team and fire a canon, listening to different commands and performing different tasks in order to fire it correctly.

Finally, the children learnt more about health and hygiene on board the Mary Rose and discussed some of the injuries that may have occurred and how these would have been cared for. They also found out more about the diet of the sailors and how the food would have been preserved and prepared.

The children all had an enjoyable day and the trip really helped them to understand the Tudors more – we were all so impressed with the level of enthusiasm shown! As always, the children’s behaviour was a real credit to the school. 

A big thank you must be given to the parents and governors who came along to support the trip – your help was very much appreciated.

(Report by Miss Pearmain)

1 Comment »

  1. I remember watching them bring Mary Rose up from the waters. It was very exciting because at one point it looked like she had slipped! You are very lucky to have visited!Thank you for sharing your great day.

      Mrs Skinner — November 13, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

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