We are grateful to the local community who support our school. The Cotswold Wardens came and took our Year 5 and 6 children on a ramble and talked to them about the local area; this is William’s account of the day:
First, we all went into the hall and a man called Jerry did a talk on where we were going to go. We then split into groups and set off. First of all we went to Beaconsfield Hall and Jerry spoke about the wonderful Cotswold stone. Next, we walked to St Mary’s Church (Shipton under Wychwood) and Jerry spoke about the ram’s head on the spire and on the side of the church. The ram’s head represents the Cotswold Lion sheep as this was a famous sheep bred for their wool in the 1800s and the early 1900s. After we had been to the church we started walking to the allotments.
On the way down he spoke about the old till house and the wooden tills and how they were invented in the Wychwoods and they were used all over England. Once we got to the allotments, we had our snack. After we had finished, we walked down the road and stopped in the middle of a tiny little grass island. Jerry spoke to us about the little holes in the wall; we learnt that they were used if the Germans were flying over, the soldiers would stick their guns through them and try and shoot them down.
We walked towards Ascott-under-Wychwood and at this point we met the Year 5 group. We met a lady called Jane Adams and she spoke to us about the wool industry and the farming (I found this very interesting as I live on a farm). She also spoke about the sheep production and how lambing outdoors is important to their farm. We then walked across more fields to the main road and walked back to school looking at the buildings on the way back to school for lunch. I found the talk very interesting and I would like to thank the Cotswold Wardens for giving up their time to tell us all of these facts we have now learnt.
We would also like to thank Mr Matthews from FWP Matthews who came and spoke to the children in Years 1 and 2. He told them about the history of the Matthews family and how the flour mill started. He explained to them how the flour was made and the different types of flour they produce and what these flours would be used for. The children especially enjoyed dressing up in the protective hats and coats visitors have to wear when they visit the mill.
December 2019-January 2020