To celebrate the final day of term, we went to Runnymede to see the site of the signing of the Magna Carta. The children had researched the history leading up to the signing (and re-signing and re-signing) of the Magna Carta, re-enacted bad King John and what had caused the unrest of the barons. We had fun watching the Horrid Histories' Magna Carta Rap and learnt along the way that, whilst the Magna Carta has gone through several iterations, its basic tenets form the principles upholding not only our own legal system but also that of about a quarter of the world's population.
Our journey by bus was researched by one child and another child conducted our tour, which we all appreciated.
On our way to exploring the farm labourers' sculptures, we enjoyed the grandeur of the Lucy Fisher - a boat that has appeared in a few films. We then went onto the memorial to the Magna Carta erected by the American Bar Association and finished our journey with a visit to see the Jurors - an artwork by Hew Locke. We enjoyed interpreting the images on the surfaces of each chair that we found out represented freedom, the rule of law and human rights.
And no end of summer term is complete without ice-cream from the National Trust tea rooms.