Bierton CE Combined School

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Year 5 and 6 visit to Oxford Castle

Year 5 and 6 visit to Oxford Castle

From pillories to porridge! On Monday 6th November, Year 5 and 6 visited ‘Oxford Castle Unlocked,’ as part of their history work on crime and punishment. The trip began when greeted by costumed character guides who took the children on a tour of the castle, where they climbed the Saxon-built St George’s Tower and were transported back in time to the 11th century when Oxford was a fortified town. After learning about some of the gruesome punishments experienced by some of Oxford’s most infamous criminals, the children were able to explore what remains of the old prison at the castle. The children also had time to scale the mound of the 11th Century motte-and-bailey castle where they were able to enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the city.

After lunch, they participated in a workshop on crime and punishment through the ages, where they investigated how punishments have changed and evolved over the years. A carousel of activities enabled them to dress up in prison uniform; explore different types of ‘hard labour’ and discover more about some of the youngest inhabitants of Oxford prison. it was a fascinating and worthwhile which really brought the topic alive!