On Friday the 23rd of September Ruby and Emerald class were visited by an Anglo Saxon lady. The visitor showed us how Anglo Saxons used to dress. Three children volunteered to dress as a poor girl, with dull clothes, a rich boy, with colourful clothes and an Anglo-Saxon warrior with chainmail armour a shield, a sword, an axe and a helmet. In the Saxon days we learned if a person was rich or poor by the colours they wore. Rich people wore lots of colours because they could afford to dye their clothes but poor people couldn’t.

Anglo saxon Lady

Emma then showed us how The Anglo-Saxons also wore their money, such as jewels and pins/brooches. Next three different volunteers built a shield wall which Anglo-Saxons used to fight if they were getting attacked.

Class 4 Anglo Saxons

Following that, Emma explained how people brought sheep up, to get wool which was used to make clothing. Emma separated the wool with some knives and then brushed it. She then put it on a loom. Two more volunteers showed us how to weave clothes.

Class 4 Anglo Saxons

Both classes listened to the story of Beowulf with great acting. The children were fascinated with the story and actions and some parts gave them a fright!

Class 4 Anglo Saxons

Emerald class were lucky enough to grind flour to show how long it would take for the Anglo-Saxons to make bread from scratch.

Class 4 Anglo Saxons

Finally, Emma passed around all the Anglo Saxon artefacts. We looked at each item in detail. The children really enjoyed handling the artefacts especially the chainmail. It was really heavy! Both classes can’t wait to learn more about Anglo-Saxons.

Class 4 Anglo Saxons

Quotes of the day:

“Wow! I really enjoyed listening to the story especially when Emma scared us pretending to be Grendel” – Yaqoob (Ruby)

“I loved grinding the flour, but it was hard and made my hands hurt. I felt sorry for the Anglo-Saxons slaves who had to grind flour all day.” – Ammarah (Emerald)