Year 4 History: Monk

Yesterday Year 4 visited Pershore Abbey as part of their history topic, Anglo Saxon Britain. The visit was arranged so that the children could learn more about the Abbey and its history, and find out what life was like for the Anglo Saxon monks who lived and worked at the Abbey at that time.

Reverend Canon Claire Lording met the children when they arrived (dressed as monks) and took them on a tour of the Abbey, inside and out, pointing out the key features and explaining how the Abbey has changed over the years. The children were fascinated to find out that in the past the Abbey was bigger, but that it had survived fires, storms, earthquake and even the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when much was demolished. What remains of the Abbey is the best part: the monk’s Quire (which is now the Nave) with its unique ploughshare vaulting, the combined triforium and clerestory, and the magnificent tower with its lantern and free-standing ringing platform.

After their tour the children took part in a workshop, where they learnt about how the monks lived and shared a lunch similar to ones the monks would have eaten. The wine was, of course, substituted for blackcurrant squash! The biggest challenge of the day was eating in silence, just like the monks did.

Thank you to Pershore Abbey and its staff for a wonderful afternoon of learning.

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