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Mon 12th Mar 2018 : Our Trip to Canterbury Cathedral by Amber, Oliver & Sonny
Last week Year 5 visited Canterbury Cathedral - it was a long journey but it was worth the wait. When we arrived we walked to a room , separate from the Cathedral, where there were drawings of the Cathedral stuck on the walls. We were then split into our class groups.
Our got to dress up as monks, pilgrims, kings and queens and archbishops ready for our guided tour of the Cathedral. The first place we went to was the Nave and we saw a large art piece made from clothes that had been washed up from immigrant children from the beaches. It was very sad.
The very first thing that we learnt was that the older arches were more rounded and then they became more arched to make them stronger. After this we went to the cloisters. Our favourite fact was that if the monks did something bad they were forced to have dried peas in their sandals all day!
We also learnt a gruesome fact: Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral. There was a modern day sculpture marking the place as Henry V111 had ordered his original shrine to be destroyed.
After our lunch (yummy!) we went to the activity room where there was lots for us to do. We lifted blocks using a winch, we made pilgrim badges with tin foil, built the wooden arches with blocks, painted stained glass windows and chipped our initials into the stone.
This trip was very educational, I loved it and hope to go again!
By Amber Jones, Oliver Conway and Sonny Shelton