I learnt why they built the Castle on a hill. It's because they can look down on the market to see if anyone is causing any trouble and they also built it on a hill so that it is harder for the Anglo-Saxons to invade. Rebecca
I never knew much about medieval times. I didn't know the Guildhall was medieval. Also about Elm Hill. Izzy
I learnt lots of facts about medieval Norwich I didn't know before. For example, I learned that Norwich had a church for every week of the year. I also didn't know that people used to put on mystery plays. Thomas
In 1067 the Castle was made of wood and in 1066 the Battle of Hastings happened and the Normans took over and invaded Britain. Alfie
I never knew the Guildhall was called that and that it is so important. Joshua
I did not know that in the medieval period they put on religious mystery plays for the villagers of the city. Oliver
I learned that the Normans built lots of landmarks like the Guildhall, the Castle, Norwich Cathedral and Bishop's Bridge. Elijah
I was wondering how the poor lived and now I know. We even learned about what different jobs they had, such as: baker, tailor, blacksmith and loads more. Danah
We read Noah's ark story and acted out the animals (e.g. elephants, giraffes). We pretended to be Noah and some of his family. We pretended to build the ark. It was huge! Gavin pretended to be a sloth. It was so funny. Macey
Today I had a really fun day. First we went down to the hall to do some drama. We sat down and discussed what we knew about the medieval mystery plays. I found out that they were all biblical. Then we got up and did some warm ups. We did quite a few and they were really fun. I especially like being collaborative and creating different animals and objects only using our bodies. I really enjoyed today and I hope we can get opportunities like this again. Catriona
We built an ark and we acted out as animals. The ark was very big and very tall. We waited a few days for the rain to come and make a flood. We had a tug of war [pulled the boat into the water] and both teams [had a] draw. We pretended to be a sloth, a boat, elephant, giraffe and gorilla. Jessica
First our group went into the city and talked about the Castle and some other medieval buildings like the Guildhall, Norwich Cathedral and the market place. It was very interesting because I learnt a lot about old Norwich.
This morning I got on a coach to go and see the big Castle on a mound. I walked in and saw a Knight up in the air. When I walked into the other room I was amazed, there were billions of other places to go to - art gallery, animals. I went upstairs to see the olden day stuff. The toilets were different to ours, cooking area, turrets etc.
I was intrigued to learn that we were going to the Castle. We went on a coach and headed towards the Castle. It was first built of wood, but was converted to Caen stone a few years later. The vast mound it is on was made by hand, only 1 year after the Normans invaded! We went in and Gavin took us to a room with very comfortable chairs. He told us what the mystery in mystery plays meant and it was completely different to what I was expecting. It comes from the Latin word Ministerium, which means trade, so it should be medieval trade plays. He also told us the church used to read stories from the Bible, but then realised that people were getting bored, so started putting on plays and started putting more humour in. The Pope then said no to the church's plays, so the merchants started doing them. Thomas
Peter, Gavin and Hollie visited us from Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays and told us about the project we were going to be doing. We learnt where the medieval period is in history and that it was before the Tudors. We looked at what clothes people used to wear, what their houses looked like and what jobs they did. We learnt about Norwich and the medieval period and talked about the Castle, Cathedral, walls, river, market place and the Guildhall. The Normans invaded Norwich in 1066 and built a Castle. They moved the market place to below the Castle. Norwich was once the largest city outside of London and was very rich because of the things it sold like wool. Group 1
Cringleford Primary School is located in the community of Cringleford in Norwich.
Working with Year 5
Lead Teacher: Mr McNicholas
The 2018 Schools Programme is supported by
Photographs by Gavin Bromley, Hollie Harrington and Peter Beck
Norwich Medieveal Mystery Plays are produced by Create East
Community Interest Company