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Pitsford School Year 7 pupils have been studying castles and how they were attacked and defended.  Following up his studies, Sam Pickles, has built a trebuchet which was a most effective weapon used to breach the walls of medieval castles.  It is built of wood and used lead weights to give the tension for firing.  He built it with his father and it is a really well-built and authentic looking model.

Sam brought the trebuchet into school to demonstrate the model in a history lesson.  History teachers, Mr Tickle and Mrs McNally think it is a superb visual aid which adds to pupils' understanding of the topic.  It fires missiles up to ten feet and in real life that would be able ten metres.  Sam says that history is always fun, especially if you can make visual aids.