Last Wednesday (9th November), 3rd class and our teachers went to the Battle of the Boyne site. At 9.30, we got on the bus and the bus driver began to drive to Oldbridge. After a short while, we arrived. We went to Oldbridge to find out information for our project. We brought worksheets with us. We walked up some steps to get to the house. Then our tour guide came out and greeted us. She came out with a hat and jacket that were from the time of the battle. She let some of us wear the clothes and told us some information about the battle. After that, our tour guide brought us in.
In the reception we saw a map of Ireland. It showed where King William of Orange and King James II travelled to get to the battle site. We also saw muskets, pistols, swords and wax figures. There were large paintings of the kings in the reception area.
We moved to the next room which had a lot of information about the night before the battle. For example, there were soldiers from Denmark, Ireland, England and other European countries involved.
We moved to the following room which had a laser show that showed us about the route of the battle. There were weapons in glass cases to prevent people from touching them. There was also a massive painting on the wall that showed the different places of the battle.
We went to the cinema room but on the way we saw walls with writings such as ‘Bite the bullet’ and ‘Keep your secret under your hat.’ We saw a bronze cannon, gun powder barrels, a tripod cannon and stables along the way.
In the cinema, we saw the Battle of the Boyne film. It lasted for about ten minutes and showed how the battle took place.
When we left the cinema, we headed back to the bus. Along the way, we stopped to take a class photo and we got to finishing our questions.
We got on the bus and headed back to school. We had a lovely day.
(*Note from Mr. F:- This was an exercise in our ongoing learning of recount writing. It was written together by all the children of the class a week after our trip to Oldbridge.)