A warmer day in March found Ruth and I setting off across the fields for Callow Hillfort, accompanied by 30 children from Minsterley Primary School’s Y3/Y4 class, and their enthusiastic teachers. We talked about the people who lived on this landscape so long ago, how they farmed and how their chiefs lived in the highest places, behind rows of ramparts that showed their status. How hard they worked, carrying water, grinding corn, surviving winters.
Everyone wrote in their Poem Notes booklets. Then we continued into Callow Hillfort, along narrow paths that lead onto the bramble-covered remains of ramparts over steep drops.
We explored Callow Hillfort. We made clay impressions.
In places the ramparts are excitingly steep!
Back at school, Ruth and I split the class so that everyone did a session making clay roundels, and a session making poems. The afternoon passed in a whirl, but we are thrilled by the quality of the children’s work.
Ruth has over 150 clay roundels that now need to be fired, of which more later. But you can read the children’s collaborative poems here – ‘Molehills and Daffodils’, and ‘Ramparts like Camel’s Humps’.