This was our first ever visit to St Luke’s primary school, in Northants. We’re extremely lucky to have friends who live near the school, so we travelled down the night before. It had being snowing recently in Northants and we didn’t want to risk snow stopping us getting to the school on time. It also meant a late get up of only 6.30am! A lie in!
St Lukes is a lovely new school, built within a new estate. We were greeted shortly after arriving by our contact Katie and shown to their hall. Primary schools are quite often short of hall space but this was a beautiful, big, bright, clean hall. We were very pleased and surprised on arrival to find that one of our friends, Steve from Live ‘n’ History worked at the school and had recommended us to the teachers there. It’s always great to get a recommendation.
It was such a busy day that although I bought my ipad, I found no time to take photos so apologies for the lack of photos in this post.
The first workshop started just after 9.00AM and the first excited Year 2s entered the hall. They were soon divided into two groups and Wel and I lead them through each of the areas in the hall. The topic was obviously a favourite one as they were full of questions about the workshop and medieval in general. Wel was impressed by one of the boys asking if we had a morning star and an axe. Good knowledge we thought. He also thought it was interesting that one of the boys whose family were from Poland, said that his grandma still makes her own butter. So few adults nowadays seem to know how butter is even made so we thought that this was an impressive fact and a rare thing in this day & age.
This was followed shortly by the next workshop, all equally as excited and brimming with questions. Karen was extremely impressed by the girls in the morning group who all politely queued up to try on dresses and were helping each other to dress and undress. Which demonstrates I think what lovely children they were and how good the teachers were. The teachers were all extremely supportive and hands on in the workshops and this really makes a difference to how well a workshop runs. A big thanks to all the teachers who dressed the children, assisted with putting on pieces of armour, tied apron strings and churned butter.
Before our afternoon session started Steve brought his Year 6 students in to see what we had been doing with the Year 2s. It was great to see that they were as interested in what we were doing as the Year 2s, despite the workshop not being created for their age group. They seemed fascinated by the churns and quern and I showed them some of the butter and butter milk that we had made in the mornings workshops.
The Year 2s trooped in shortly afterwards and the afternoon went by in a blink. It was soon time to pack up and make our long journey home. Thanks St Lukes and hopefully we’ll see you another year. A few A3 knight & physician posters & a medieval replica penny are winging their way to you in the post as I write!