10:44AM, Wednesday 13 February 2013
Knights, dragons, kings and castles are the focus of a history week taking place at Highfield Preparatory School in Maidenhead.
Girls at the site in West Road have been studying all things medieval and Norman, from Robin Hood to Richard the Lion Heart, with a bit of Chaucer and St George thrown in for good measure.
On Monday, 77 of the school's junior pupils made a snowy trip to Warwick Castle where they explored the battlements and the great hall, learned about preparing for battle and watched eagles fly.
Yesterday saw the whole school take part in drama workshops with Troublemaker Theatre Company, where they learned medieval dance skills and how to fight with broad swords.
Other activities on the agenda for the week include a medieval music lesson and concert, a lunch with cold meats and cheese, cooking, model castle and shield making and sewing a mini Bayeux Tapestry.
It will culminate on Friday with a fancy dress session.
Teacher Nicola Ash said: "It has been a thoroughly busy, exciting and entertaining week to enthuse the children which is the key to good learning."
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