Year 2/3 have been learning about local history this term, including the life of Richard III and the castles of Sheriff Hutton and York. The class took a trip to visit Sheriff Hutton Castle and the church of St Helen and the Holy Cross to learn more about how and why the castle was built in Sheriff Hutton as well as discovering the tomb of Richard III’s son in the church!
The owner of the castle, Richard, and church warden Roy took us around the castle (and even inside it!) and explained the history of the building and what each part of the castle was used for. We then walked to see the original site of the first castle in Sheriff Hutton and explore the historic church.
The whole class were really interested in all the signs and symbols in the church and asked some super questions to the team of church wardens who showed us around. We had a really close look at the remembrance memorials, the many parts of the church and the tomb of Richard III’s son Edward (the only prince to be buried in a parish church in the UK!)
The whole class were wonderfully behaved during the trip and are now bursting at the seams with facts about Richard III and Sheriff Hutton Castle! Many thanks to Richard and all the church wardens who gave up their day to show us around, we enjoyed our trip immensely!