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Year 8 Saxon Trip

YEAR 8 children had a day to savour after learning about how to live like a Saxon in a purpose-built village. Escot on the fringes of Ottery St Mary was the setting and we arrived to a warm welcome from a number of staff dressed in traditional Saxon clothes. Our first task was to negotiate our way out of the maze.

Built in 2004 using 4,000 beach plants, its flying bridges and route-changing switch gates made the puzzle harder than it looks. But the children demonstrated a great sense of direction to arrive safely at the wooden hut’s central point.

After twisting and turning through the rows of paths and dead ends, it was back to the village to sample what life was really like in Saxon times. Delving into the past, children enjoyed a host of activities including lighting fires, making pennies, bread making, forging, milling, pole lathing, splitting logs and, of course, dressing up.

After a round-robin of experimenting with traditional Saxon activities, it was time for lunch. In the afternoon the children had the chance to deepen their understanding of the natural world through guided, hands-on exploration and by discovering fun ways to learn about plants and animals.

The last series of activities involved checking out Escot’s death slide and the fun park. The behaviour of the children was impeccable and, not only did we learn about how Saxons lived, the environment also brought an opportunity to indulge in a spot of role-play.

Mr Bamsey

Year 8 Teacher