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April 25, 2012

Wednesday 25th April 2012 – Year 4 Trip to Butser Farm

On Monday 23rd April, Year 4 went to Butser Farm to start learning about their new history topic – the Celts and Romans.

The children came very well prepared for the wet weather – wellies, waterproof coats and even hats! Despite the terrible weather which lasted all day, the children still enjoyed themselves and were very enthusiastic about all the activities they took part in.

When we arrived, we gathered in the main Roundhouse, which had a fire lit in the middle of it for warmth and light. The children sat on the animal fur rugs and benches and listened to a member of the Centre staff tell us important information about the Celts and their way of life.

After this, both classes were re-named after two Celtic tribes – Maple became the Atrebates, the second most powerful tribe in Southern Britain and Jackalberry became the Brigantes, the largest tribe in the north of Britain. It was then time to begin our activities!

First of all, the children took part in some archaeology where they discovered many different artefacts, such as a knife, shells, mosaics, pottery and even bird skulls. This activity took place in the Roman villa and the children were able to have a really good look at authentic Celtic and Roman artefacts. After this, they moved back to the main Roundhouse and learnt about spinning – a technique the Celts used to make their clothes. The children all had a go at spinning lambs wool which we found tricky to begin with, but after a while managed to get the hang of it. Once the children had spun their wool, they were able to transfer it from their spindle to a stick to take it home.

Lunch was eaten in the main Roundhouse as it was still very wet and cold outside. After we had finished eating, the children learnt about Roman jewellery and had a chance to make either a ring or bracelet out of copper, using the same techniques the Romans would have used all of those years ago. Once they had finished making their jewellery, it was time to look around the gift shop and buy some small souvenirs.

Their final activity was a tour of the Roman villa. We learnt about each room and the purpose it served, how it was decorated and how it had been built. We also learnt about the under-floor heating system which the Romans invented. The children all agreed that they much preferred their houses today as they were warm and cosy compared to the draughty and cold villa of Roman times.

The children had a very memorable and enjoyable day and it really helped to get them more enthusiastic about their new History topic. As ever, the children were very well behaved and a pleasure to take – well done Year 4.

Year 4 Butser Farm tripslideshow with music

(Report by Miss Pearmain)


  1. good

      Joseph — April 25, 2012 @ 10:25 am

  2. I raelly enjoyed the trip there. My favourite part was making jewlery

      Nathan — April 25, 2012 @ 10:29 am

  3. Iwas there

      Joseph — April 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  4. I was there!

      Daniel B — April 25, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  5. Hello we’re from Lingwood, It sounded very fun. We wish we were there having as much fun as you. The pictures also make it look extremely fun!

    By Elisha, Mia and George.s

      Elisha, Mia & George.s — May 11, 2012 @ 11:57 am

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