PUPILS at Drove Primary School for the first time ever were encouraged to eat with their fingers at a special school dinner on Thursday.

Around 128 children opted to take part in a special Medieval banquet meal, which is almost the number of children who enjoy the school’s traditional Christmas Dinner.

The banquet, which was organised by ICT and History Co-ordinator, Chris Fox, was part of a number of Medieval themed classes that have taken place throughout the term.

Chris said: “This term Year 3 and Year 5 have been learning about the middle ages and we’ve had a visit from the College of Chivalry, which is a re-enactment group, who re-enacted some knights.

“Year 5 also went up to Warwick Castle to learn more about Medieval society.

“We decided to round off the term with a Medieval banquet. Some of the staff dressed up in traditional costume and there was a traditional Medieval dinner.”

The dinner included chicken on the bone, which children ate with their fingers, roast parsnips, carrots, and wholemeal granary bread followed by weevil biscuits for pudding.

Chris said: “It went very well. I think some of the children were a bit worried that they were being asked to eat with their fingers for a change, but they were all enthusiastic and enjoyed themselves.”