The rain, it raineth every day, and we certainly had our fair share of it on Monday! Luckily, it didn’t dampen our spirits as most of it fell while we were involved in the workshops for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. With the help of RSC actors, the children explored the main themes of the play through movement, mime, rhythm, role-play and by interpreting sections of the text itself.

Pleasure and action make the hours seem short, so it wasn’t long before we were heading off to Mary Arden’s Farm to be transported back in time to a working Tudor farm. Houses, meals, table manners, bedtimes, best beds, preparing fires, spinning, games and pastimes, bird displays – we found out about it all, as well as having time to visit the pigs, cows, birds of prey, ferrets, donkeys and horses. 

Mr Newman recorded our day with his ‘magic portrait making box’ although the Tudor people were rather fearful of the lightning produced by some of the children’s magic boxes!  Even though we were all thinking, ‘I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it,’ it was soon time to return to the present and board the coach back to school. Parting is such sweet sorrow…..

Mrs James

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