St Mary's hosts Festival of Castles
On the 17th and 20th of January St Mary's hosted its Festival of Castles in Hall A. This saw the hall filled with an astonishing variety of model castles, from the traditional to the fantastic, made by Year 7 for their History class. As well as requiring historical research, as each model was accompanied by a presentation explaining its features and imagining its inhabitants, this project also put HPL skills to the test.
While producing some amazing results, this project inspired students to plan ahead, persevere, solve problems, and communicate how they developed their castles. This year, students adopted creative approached to making their castles, as the hall displayed models made from felt, lego and cut-out cardboard, as well as virtual tours of online castles, created by our students. While some situated their castles at certain moments in history, including Norman motte-and-bailey and Tudor castles, others imagined buildings that had already weathered history, leaving only ruins behind.
We would like to congratulate Year 7 on their creative castles. You can find out more about our rich and varied Key Stage 3 curriculum here.