As part of our topic on World War II, Owl class were fortunate enough to visit Blenheim Palace in Woodstock.
Part of our learning has been focused on the Prime Minister during this time, Sir Winston Churchill, who, as well as being born there, spend much of his childhood visiting his cousins and grandparents.
We were given a fascinating tour of the main areas of the palace and saw an exhibition dedicated to Sir Winston and his family. We also learned about how the palace was used to house 400 boys from Malvern College for the duration of the war. We saw pictures depicting how the main state rooms were transformed into dormitories, which also served as classrooms and learned about some of the antics that the boys got up to during their stay.
The children impressed our guide with their knowledge and they asked insightful and interesting questions. We were also complemented on our exemplary behaviour, something that was consistent throughout the day.
As well as exploring the palace itself, we had the opportunity to enjoy our picnic lunch in the beautiful grounds and the children were allowed to have a go at navigating their way round the impressive maze – a task which some found easier than others!
Before returning to school, the class walked from the palace into the village of Bladon, where we visited St Martin’s Church, which is where the graves of the Spencer-Churchill family (including Sir Winston and his beloved wife) can be found. Many of the children commented on the simplicity and modest arrangement of the graves, considering how well known and respected Sir Winston became and again, offered thoughtful and respectful comments.
The trip was a big success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.