Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Year 7 Geography and History trip to Bodiam and Rye!

On Monday 19th October (yesterday!), Year 7 students enjoyed a joint Geography and History trip!! In the morning, students visited the medieval moated castle at Bodiam, East Sussex. It was built in 1385 by a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II in order to defend the surrounding area from French invasion. Although, the castle was built more for show, than an effective defence. The highlight for many was climbing the narrow staircase to the top, in order to take in the wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

After lunch at the castle, we then made our way via coach to the ancient town of Rye. Perched on a hill, overlooking the River Rother and Romney Marsh in East Sussex, this compact town allowed us to discover the key places of interest.

Students enjoyed the Rye Town Model Sound and Light show in the Heritage Centre on Strand Quay and this was a good place to start our exploration of Rye's special features.

We then walked through the enchanting cobbled streets, and looked at the medieval church and beautifully preserved historic houses from medieval, Tudor and Georgian times. We also paid a special visit to the Ypres Tower (the castle), to take advantage of some great photo opportunities.

Despite a dodgy looking sky on the way there (some nimbostratus clouds!), the weather held out. A thoroughly enjoyable day! The students did us proud...well done! Here are some photos from the trip. :D

Fancy the chance to win a £10 HMV voucher? We have a couple of these up for grabs. Simply produce a write up about your day and include some of your photographs, hand them in to either your Geography or History teacher and we will select the winners. Deadline is Friday 6th November (Friday after half term).

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