Apprentice Saxon Builders

Today in Forest School, Ashmansworthy class became Saxon builders. Their challenge was to build a section of wall using the wattle and daub technique in the same way as the Saxons built their houses. Their first task was to find and cut 5 sticks to fit into the base. The sticks had to be straight and fit the pre-drilled holes securely. After that, they had to cut lengths of willow to weave in and out of the vertical posts. They had to make sure the sticks were long enough and thick enough to create a firm wall. I was really pleased how the children organised themselves and co-operated to get the job done. Well done! Next week we will be mixing up a mixture of mud and straw to daub onto the woven sticks (I think we’ll leave out the dung!)

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