Our First Year historians have been learning about medieval England, through a board game designed by History teacher Mrs Esther Arnott.
The game involves boys playing a medieval villager whose fate is decided through the selection of a card. Each event specified on the card leads to a consequence for the villager, which is judged by the church, and takes the villager’s soul closer to heaven or hell. They include getting married to baptising their child, failing to pay their tithes (taxes) to stealing from their landlord’s orchard.
Mrs Arnott commented on how the game was a fun and interactive way for the boys to learn:
The board game is one that I created to help teach pupils about the role of the church and medieval traditions. Through learning about these events, the boys see the way in which the church was a powerful, helpful and hopeful organisation.
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