Viking invasion at the school
CHILDREN went back in time to find out what life was like in Whittlesey in the ninth century.
Youngsters from Alderman Jacobs Primary School dressed in Viking clothing and even had a traditional feast.
Pupils were taken through aspects of Viking life by local re-enactment experts Clan Wulfhar, who are based in Peterborough.
The group are well established and concentrate on providing an authentic re-enactment of the Viking way of life through demonstrations of combat.
As well as the practical side, there was also a chance to look at the ‘living history’ display, which included a variety of Dark Age tents, a cooking area, and an armoury.
Year 6 pupils Kia Brett and Esther Carter wrote a joint report about their day. They said: “Firstly, we learnt about weaponry, shields and war with Sigmund the fighting Viking.
“There were many types of deadly weapons like the gram sword (our favourite weapon), the Irish spear, the heavy axes and the enormous bow and arrow which was six-foot long. This was everyone’s favourite room.
“Secondly, we went into the myths and ruins room where we heard a well told story which included gods, giants and far away lands.
“The last room we went in was the household and food room. We saw what hand picked fruit, vegetables and leaves were used and eaten in different ways.
“This talk was with Queen Olait and her daughter Vekie. We also saw what rich and poor families had in those times. It was very enjoyable.”
To find out more about Clan Wulfhar visit www.peterborough-vikings.co.uk
Alderman Jacobs is also hosting a special exhibiton to mark the school’s 50th anniversary.
Memories and artefacts from the 1960s will be on display inside Whittlesey Museum from Friday.
The Mayor of Whittlesey, Cllr Derek Stebbing, will official open the exhibition at 2pm and members of the public are invited to go along.
It will then be open on June 28 from 9am to 11am; July 7 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm; July 13 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm on July 20.