King's St Alban's

30 September

Year 4: Journey of Celtic discovery

With a fortuitous break in the somewhat inclement weather, the Year Four cohort embraced the steep climb up British Camp, on the Malvern Hills, in glorious sunshine. Forming part of the Year 4 curriculum for history, pupils were fascinated to learn about the Iron Age hill fort located at the top of the Herefordshire Beacon.

A Scheduled Ancient Monument, owned and maintained by the Malvern Hills conservators, pupils eagerly discussed the features of the 2nd Century BC hill fort as they encountered them on the ascent. With extensive earthworks remaining clearly visible today, determining the shape of the hill, pupils noted with interest the defensive ditches and strategic far-reaching views as they climbed the 1,109 feet to the summit, whilst also squeezing in a quick game of I-Spy!

Upon reaching the top, pupils imagined what the life of the average Celt would have been like and mapped out an imaginary roundhouse. They then had plenty of fun painting their faces in ‘woad’ to become Celtic warriors and even had to fend off some enemy foe in the form of Miss Jordan!

Following a somewhat chilly, windswept descent back to the minibus, pupils tucked into a well-deserved packed lunch to round off an informative Celtic adventure for Year 4.

Back in the classroom pupils will be developing their knowledge and exploring the subject further as the Autumn Term progresses, including building their very own miniature round houses which we look forward to sharing over the coming week. The topic area will then lead into a look at the influences and experience of the Romans after their invasion of Britain.

To discover more about our Year 4 curriculum this term please click here.