S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

Y1 visit to Bolsover Castle

Y1 visit to Bolsover Castle

The Year One children have embraced our new topic of Turrets and Tiaras. Over the past few weeks they have carried out research into styles of castles and studied the famous ‘Burg und Sun’ – Castle in the Sun, by Paul Klee. Additionally in maths lessons they have used 3D shapes to build miniature castles, created a catapult and measured the distances objects will travel when released from the bucket! They have even made some traditional food called marchpane made from marzipan.

Wednesday the 6th of May brought a touch of medieval madness as we explored Bolsover Castle. The children were fascinated by the ruins of the Terrace Range and particularly impressed by the size of the huge windows. Whilst wandering around the Little Castle (which we all agreed was not little at all) the children made careful observations of the materials used in the building, the art work on the walls and ceilings, especially the ceiling in the Star Chamber!  Each group also took their time to enjoy the beautiful Fountain Garden whilst sketching the surroundings.  Despite the rain they managed some wonderfully detailed sketches of various parts of the castle.

Since returning from the trip the children have written reports about their experience and also created some more wonderful observational drawings of the castle.  They've created their own coat of arms and collages of castles.  This Thursday we will be celebrating the grand finale of our topic with a mediaeval banquet.  More news to follow after this extravaganza!


Despite moments of wind and rain the children were all thrilled to spend the day at Bolsover Castle and all made thoughtful comparisons between the medieval styles of life to their own! A fantastic day enjoyed  by all!