Hordes of Vikingsrampaged through the Prep School when pupils came to School dressed as the Nordic warriors ready to enjoy a day experiencing some of the skills a good Viking would have needed, over a 1000 years ago.
Throughout the day Year 4 pupils took it in turns to try a number of ancient Viking activities, from learning to make the wool to weave into fabric on a warp-weighted loom that made up the flag on the masthead of a Viking long boat, to actually building an impressive Viking long boat, 6 metres long, which was quarter of the size of a real long boat.
Pupil, Alfie Cooper related some impressive facts, “The Vikings built their boats mainly of oak, they used pine for the mast and the oars were made of ash. The planks were held together with gut and walrus whiskers and they finished the last planks of their boat with Megginhoofer, Viking for thick planks.”
Other activities included designing the dragon on the bow, making shields and learning about some of the weapons. Mr Wadsworth,Year 4 teacher commented, “The children had a fantastic day, wearing some very authentic costumes, which were a little warm given the beautiful weather. They listened, worked hard and developed their team building skills to build a magnificent long boat which is the only one of its kind in the country!”