Tamar class meet King Arthur…
Tamar class have had an amazing week this week. On Monday we had a visit from none other than King Arthur himself! This kicked off our launch of our project- “Could you remove the sword from the stone?”
King Arthur told us of the legend of him and his Knights of the Round Table, Camelot and much more.
We learned about how he became king of the Britons by being able to remove the sword from the stone and of his trusted friend Merlin. But is it fact or fiction? Many historians but it has been suggested that the real-life “Arthur” may have been a warrior/officer of Roman affiliation who led a British military force against incoming Saxon forces during the 5th to 6th centuries A.D. A Celtic monk Gildas wrote of the Saxon invasion in his work The Ruin and Conquest of Britain, citing the conflict at Badon Hills – however no “Arthur” was mentioned- so the mystery remains.
Pupils, who were dressed up for the day, listened to stories, learned about the importance of knights, played a medieval game with mythical creatures and went on a treasure hunt to find out more stories of mystery from Cornwall.
On Tuesday, Tamar visited Tintagel Castle- what an amazing trip- we learned more about Arthur but also how this castle was built (over many centuries) and ideas about why it was destroyed. We saw Merlin’s cave and walked (carefully) over the new footbridge, which took us over the water.
See our pictures to find out more.