16 November 2022

Last Thursday, Year 4 visited Oxford Castle to conclude our enquiry topic on how crime and punishment has changed through the ages. The pupils took part in a workshop looking at how punishments had changed through time in a timeline activity and then completed a carousel of activities where they got to handle artefacts from different eras. Afterwards, we were treated to a guided tour of the castle and prison. We climbed right to the top of the castle turret and even explored the deep, dark crypt too. The class were especially intrigued by the story of Mary Blandy, a wealthy woman who had been accused of poisoning her father with arsenic. Luckily for the pupils, we then took part in a workshop where we put Mary Blandy on trial! They enjoyed taking on roles of the courtroom and, after heated discussions, we found her NOT guilty of her crimes. All in all, it was a super day out that brought our recent History topic to life.

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