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Exploring Pendennis Castle

1st November 2019

With Remembrance Day not far away, Year 6 ventured off to Pendennis Castle as part of their topic - 'Courage and Conflict'. With the support of Cornish Heritage Trust, who contributed to transport costs, and hosted by English Heritage, the children explored the three distinct building phases of the castle and realised how technology governed the development of the castle from Tudor cannons, trained at the sea, all the way through to WW2 anti-aircraft guns trained at the sky.
Even though the weather was typically autumnal, spirits were not dampened as Year 6 investigated Henry VIII's gun tower and climbed to the highest point to survey Falmouth Bay in its entirety.
Pendennis' sister castle across the bay, St Mawes, was occasionally visible through the mist! The children could, just about, see the incredibly large ships coming into Falmouth and realised why this area was so important during so many conflicts over the centuries.
As well as exploring the WW1 barracks and WW2 Half-Moon Battery, the children had the opportunity to load a replica cannon and understand the explosive chemical reactions and physics that occur.
At this time of year, the children took the opportunity to reflect on the presence of such items as a Vicker's machine gun from WW1 and letters home from soldiers serving in times of conflict. The children appreciated the sadness behind the development of new technology designed specifically to harm.
The excitement of exploring a location that has been developed in response to each new conflict was tempered by the thought of of those who trained at the castle but weren't lucky enough to return home.
Thanks to Cornish Heritage Trust and English Heritage the children can continue their learning about WW1 and WW2 while also being able to now place themselves in the shoes of those soldiers.