Special Event - Year 6 Visit Stratford-upon-Avon

10 November 2017

Year 6 visited Stratford-upon-Avon for a familiarisation day in preparation for becoming tour guides.

They visited William Shakespeare’s birth place, the house that he lived in as an adult on his return to Stratford from London: New Place and the house that his daughter, Susanna, lived in: Hall Croft. Whilst in these historical places, they learned, amongst other things, about clothing, architecture, food and pastimes in Tudor times.

Back at the Shakespeare Centre, Year 6 were taken into one of the vaults to look at some very interesting artefacts that included: a bust of Shakespeare made out of Lego, a Tudor quill holder called a ‘penner’ and even the authentic signature of Queen Elizabeth I.

In addition, Year 6 experimented with quill writing and discovered that it was a lot harder than it looks.

The following week, Year 6 put their new-found knowledge to the test when they acted as tour guides to show Year 4 and Year 5, as well as paying members of the public, around these important Shakespearean buildings.

As a school, we are incredibly proud of the Year 6 pupils who worked very hard to be our guides at different sites around Stratford. They spoke so confidently and received many compliments from members of the public. Y4 and Y5 also enjoyed the day and their behaviour was excellent. Well done everyone.

Scarlet from Year 6 has reflected on the day below:

"I spent the day as a tour guide at Hall’s Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon, the place where the world-known script-writer and poet-maker William Shakespeare is from. I had an amazing day for the following reasons:

  • I got to share the information I learnt about Hall’s Croft with the public.
  • It was exciting to be in such historic and beautiful surroundings.
  • It was challenging and fun to talk to pupils and staff from my school.

At the beginning of the day (before I arrived in Stratford) I felt terribly nervous; I thought that I wouldn’t be confident enough. But by the end of the day, I didn’t want to stop! My favourite part of the day was when we made the lavender bags”.