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Travelling Back In Time (5)

After learning about the Battle of Hastings the Wheal Busy time travellers learned that Harold was killed in the battle and William became king of England in 1066. This was the end of the Anglo Saxon period and the beginning of the Norman period. Once the Wheal Busy Wittan had voted, they chose William of Normandy. He was (re)crowned King by the Wheal Busy Arch Bishop of Cantebury.

Travelling Back In Time (4)

However once the Wheal Busy Wittan discovered that the real Wittan had chosen Harold as King, William was taken off the throne and Harold was crowned.

Travelling Back In Time (3)

Then, each member of the Wittan read out the person they had chosen and their reason. Harold because he is English and an Anglo Saxon and married to Edward's sister. William because he knew Edward well and was promised the throne. Edgar because he is young and will live and rule for longer. No one voted for Harold Hardrada because he was a Viking.

Travelling Back In Time (2)

Next, each member of the Wittan took some time to decide who they thought should be King and why. Some of the contenders tried to persuade the Wittan to vote for them.

Travelling Back in Time (1)

This afternoon Wheal Busy travelled back in time to 1066 when King Edward the Confessor died and left England with four contenders to the throne. They learned that the Wittan (a council) had to decide who should be King. The class pretended to be the Wittan and heard a speech from each contender before asking questions to help them decide who they thought should be King. Where are you from? Why should we let a Viking be our King? 

Our trip to the Royal Cornwall Museum

Today Wheal Busy visited the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro to start to answer their topic question - Were the Dark Ages Dark? Everyone examined artefacts and studied written sources to help them begin to form their opinion. The museum staff were so impressed with the children's behaviour that they made a point of complementing them and asking that they have their names moved up the golden time chart. Mrs Collinge was so impressed with this news that she awarded a special certificate.

The Sutton Helmet

Last week, Wheal Busy launched their topic by working as teams of archaeologists to find pieces of the Sutton Hoo helmet. Next, they had to work out what it was and who might have owned it.

What the Romans did for us

Year 3 had a fantastic day on Thursday launching our new topic ‘What the Romans did for us.’ We have learnt all about the Roman way of life and how they invaded Britain.

Gutting and Mummifying Fish

Wheal Fortune have enjoyed some history and literacy today through gutting and mummifying fish!

World War 1 Trenches

Here are some of the amazing trenches Wheal Plenty have made throughout their World War 1 topic.


Wheal Plenty have begun building their WW1 replica trenches!