Royal Shakespeare Company production of Taming of the Shrew for Y6 on Weds 27th. Swimming on Thursdays.

Pendennis Castle

16th October 2018

Thanks to funding from Cornish Heritage, Year 6 visited Pendennis Castle, Falmouth to learn about how the fortress has protected Cornwall since its construction in 1540. We explored the different parts of the location including the Tudor castle, World War 1 barracks and World War 2 naval gun batteries. We realised that it's so rare to find locations that cover so many different eras and conflicts in one place.
We were even lucky enough to witness a recreation of the defences of the castle as if it was 1941 with an authentic WW2 artillery piece being fired. We learnt about how technology had advanced in WW2 including the threat of new technologies like the submarine and bomber - who all had Falmouth in their sights.
Cornish Heritage have helped us many times to provide interesting school visits for the children so they can appreciate the rich history hidden behind every corner of the county.
As part of our community project with Councillor Dick Cole, we found out that local WW1 soldiers trained at the castle in 1914. Looking around the barracks made us realise how difficult life in WW1 really was and how it affected more people than just the soldiers involved in the terrible battles.
At the centre of the castle was the Tudor gun platform. Here, we learnt how to load Tudor cannons and how the castle worked in tandem with St Mawes Castle on the other side of the bay to keep out French and Spanish galleons.