The scene is set for a medieval-style execution during a medieval day for Year Sevens at Uckfield Community Technology College.

Uckfield students enjoy a taste of medieval life

Music, dance, food and games – and the threat of an execution – from the medieval period were enjoyed by students from Uckfield Community Technology College on Tuesday.

The special day was organised for Year Seven students to reinforce their learning about the historical period in a cross-curricular and memorable way.


Lots of smiles from these Year Sevens at a medieval day at Uckfield Community Technology College.

They explored the purposes, materials and symbolism in designs for shields and then made their own.

They also made wet felt fabric – but not in the way it would have been in olden times when a lot of urine was involved.


Year Sevens learn about the designs on medieval shields.


Wet-felt fabric is created.


More wet-felt fabric here from a medieval day at Uckfield Community Technology College.

They also cooked gingerbread which would have been part of a medieval feast. Recipes from today were compared with those from the past – and there was no contest, modern recipes came out on top.

A medieval ‘strictly come dancing competition’ was judged by Mr Topping, Mr Levett, Mrs Levett and Miss Chilvers who were impressed by the year group’s “extraordinary dancing talent”.


Cooking for a medieval feast.


Youngsters take part in a medieval version of Strictly Come Dancing.

There were quiet moments too including in a corner where students were playing medieval games, including Gluckhaus and Shove Groat, Hoopla and Pick Up Sticks.

Legends dating back to the period were explored, such as the sword in stone, and there was a visit from King Arthur via a Disney Movie snippet shown as students researched the legend and then wrote their own creative poetry.

The college said afterwards: “A superb time was had by all involved in the day.”

One of the students, Imogen, sent an email afterwards saying: “Thank you for a fantastic day at school today. I really enjoyed it! All of the lessons were great fun, and I learnt a lot of new things.

“All of the lessons were different so it made it exciting. I got to experience what it was like in the medieval day.”


Chance to play Pick Up Sticks which dates back to medieval times.

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