Fun and games for ‘Vik­ing’ young­sters

Macclesfield Express - - HEART OF THE COMMUNITY -

CHIL­DREN got suited up with ar­mour and wres­tled with mock spears at a spe­cial Vik­ings day at Bosley St Mary’s Pri­mary School.

The pupils en­joyed a day of ac­tion and dis­cov­ery with vis­it­ing Vik­ing Bod­war Bjarki. They han­dle arte­facts and learned about who the Vik­ings were, where they came from and why they set­tled in Bri­tain, as well as mak­ing shields and cos­tumes.

Teacher Rachel Mor­tishire-Smith said: “Ev­ery­one looked amaz­ing in the cos­tumes made at home.

“We used in­for­ma­tion boards to an­swer lots of quiz ques­tions.

“Fox and Geese was a pop­u­lar board game played by Vik­ing chil­dren to teach them about team­work and we cer­tainly learnt a tac­tic or two.

“We read our own po­ems, en­joyed weapon and ar­mour demon­stra­tions and vol­un­teered for all sorts of fast ma­noeu­vres, also mak­ing im­pres­sive de­fence walls out of our own hand­made shields. We had great fun in a grand knock-out tour- na­ment of spear, or broom han­dle, wrestling to end the day.

“We try to bring learn­ing to life for the chil­dren through as many hand­son ac­tiv­i­ties as pos­si­ble. This will cer­tainly be one very mem­o­rable day for a long time to come.”

●● Kris­ten Davies and Sal­lie-Anne Mof­fitt ad­just their cos­tumes

●● Billy Man­ning and Char­lie Clark try out their strate­gies in a game of Fox and Geese

●● The pupils learn how Vik­ings grouped their shields for de­fence

●● Chil­dren went back in time with vis­it­ing Vik­ing Bod­war Bjarki

●● Alayah Ben­nifer looks at replica Vik­ing glass beads

●● Pupils made their own shields and cos­tumes

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