Your article: A step back in time for pupils

The re-enactors demonstrated how to load and fire muskets and a cannon.
The re-enactors demonstrated how to load and fire muskets and a cannon.

Pupils at Woldgate College stepped back in time 350 years to learn about life for ordinary soldiers during the civil wars.

Year 8 pupils met six volunteers from the Sealed Knot Society, a national organisation that re-enacts life and battles from the civil wars that occurred between 1642 and 1653.

As part of the experience, pupils were given detailed demonstrations and explanations of the equipment, weapons and armour used by a cavalry officer, two musketeers, a pike man and a lady, before having the opportunity to ask questions and try out the equipment for themselves.

In the afternoon, the re-enactors took to the school field and, with pupils standing at a safe distant, demonstrated how to load and fire muskets and a cannon.

The demonstration helped bring a 17th century battlefield to life, with pupils experiencing the noise and smoke created by muskets and cannon. Pupils were indeed amazed at the noise and smoke made by the 17th century weapons. The event built on Year 8 pupils’ work on the changes in power and the development of democracy between 1500 and 1900, when political power transferred from the monarch to Parliament.