Woodhall Estate trip 30.06.21
Today we had an amazing trip to Woodhall Estate! We did 8 activities organised by Countryside Learning. Starting in the sustainable garden area we learned about how we could look after and create habitats for creatures in our gardens. Next we met some sheep and heard about how they are looked after and farmed. After that there was an orchards activity and we were told about all the things needed in the different seasons to grow apples. We had a game of 'apple or not an apple' where we tried to guess whether the funny names were actual names of apples or not! There were some very strange names. Next we planted broad bean seeds and had a run around the garden. After lunch we learned how to tell the age of a tree. We measured a hornbeam tree that turned out to be 144 years old! At the falconry display we met some different birds of prey, including a barn owl and a sparrowhawk. The birds were definitely checking us out with their beady eyes! Next it was time to learning about crops and farming and there were some enormous machines for us to see. We even had a look inside the engine of the tractor. Finally we found out about the food chains of some of the creatures that live at Woodhall Estate and in the countryside habitat. All in all we had a fantastic day and learned loads about the countryside!
This afternoon we tried to imagine what life might be like as a Roman soldier. We watched a video to see what the soldiers at Vindolanda fort at Hadrians Wall thought of life in northern England. They enjoyed receiving packages from home and particularly appreciated socks and even underpants! They were not keen on the cole weather, with most being used to life in a warmer climate elsewhere in the Roman Empire. After 25 years in the Roman army soldiers were discharged with a lump sum of money with which they could finally retire and return home to find a wife and have a family. It was a hard life where you had to be strong and fit to march the many miles covered and build the forts and battle across the empire. We looked at the tactics of the Roman army in battle and used our shields to practice some of the favourite formations of the army, the Orb, the Tortoise, the Repel-Cavalry and the Wedge.