Hockliffe Lower School

Clay Workshop

At the beginning of this half term we welcomed Mrs Houghton, the clay teacher back into school. We were so happy to see her again and had an amazing afternoon. She taught us how to use the clay with special glue called slip to make our own sculpture.

Our clay sculptures were our interpretation of the famous Sutton Hoo mask. This learning was linked to our History topic the Anglo Saxons and was a great way to end our learning. Thank you to Mrs Houghton who always makes our learning so much fun.

St Albans Cathedral visit

Travelling There:

We left school and got on a big blue Marshalls Coach. My partner was Keavy and we were being very loud! It did not take long because there was no traffic so it took about 30 minutes.

When We Got There:

When we got there, we stood outside for a minute or two. When we went inside, we went downstairs and into a room that was named after a king named King Offa. We put our coats and lunchboxes away.

In the Cathedral:

In the Offa room, we were greeted by Steve, Michael and Claire. There were two groups there were the year 3 group in a group but two of them were in the group with year 4. My group went with Claire and I was looking up at the beautiful stained-glass windows. (By Mia Year 4). Claire took us around the cathedral and told us the story of Alban and we dressed up. Then she told us the story of King Offa.


At lunchtime, everyone went down to the Offa room. For lunch I had pasta and sausages. Everyone sat on the seats that were around the walls.


After lunch we went up to the monastery kitchen. We made butter from double cream and herbs. It was lots of fun making butter. Next, we made apricot jam. This was my favourite part of the trip, especially eating it!

I learned that poor people ate differently to rich people and in my opinion, I think that was quite unfair. It was also unfair that men were more important than girls. (By Keavy, Jasmine and Sienna – Year 4)

It was a great trip!