The 19th October saw our Year 4 children arrive at school looking somewhat different to their regular selves. In fact, they not only looked very different, but appeared as if they were from a different time period altogether. It was Viking Day!
Led by similary adorned staff, children in Year 4 were given the opportunity to dress the part of vikings and learn all about the viking culture. As part of this exciting voyage of discovery the children were encouraged to be as creative as possible and as a result created beautiful viking shields, homes, boats and small-scale viking villages from all sorts of materials. The afternoon was spent in our Forest School area re-enacting the lifestyle of our viking visitors from long ago, and we invited parents to share in the wonderful experience.
On Monday the 9th October, children from St. Stephen's were delighted to be given the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament in London to learn about the monarchy, democracy and a lot more about Britains rich political history.
Arriving at the Palace of Westminster after an lengthy train ride and a short walk through St. James Park, the tour began with the lively group checking in at the Education Centre at the Victoria Tower Gardens. Greeted by very friendly and well informed education centre staff they were given a virtual tour of the House Of Commons in one of the presentation rooms, since the real one was undergoing security checks prior to a speech by the Prime Minister.
Following an amazing tour of the Houses of Parliament, the group returned to the Education Centre to take part in a workshop on democracy, and shortly before their departure for home were treated to a surprise visit by Canterbury's own MP, Rosie Duffield.