Pupils in Year 6 at The Lower School were taught to write again this week. The girls used ink which they had made from gum arabic, ox gall, alcohol, and lamp soot. The resulting mixture was very black and had an interesting smell.
After completing making the ink they wrote with quills and nibbed pens on parchment. The process took a long time to complete but the girls were fascinated by the process and delighted with the end product. They had written riddles in the Anglo Saxon style. The language work and calligraphy are both part of their Anglo Saxon course studied as part of the history lessons at Lower School.
Felicity Taylor, Head of Lower School said: "The girls worked on some complex poetry which really challenged their thinking. The practical session was a follow up to this and proved very popular. They learnt new letter shapes and then wrote on parchment which they had prepared. Writing with a quill proved more difficult than they had expected but they managed very well."
Lily in Year 6 said: "I loved the writing session; it was so different. We had to concentrate really hard but it looked fantastic when we had finished."