Re-enacting Viking fight
12:00pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Latest News
Pupils at Five Lanes Primary School donned helmets and pitched into battle.
Seventy youngsters at the Worton school site put their learning of Vikings into action by re-enacting the Battle of Edington of 878 AD.
The day was led by three outreach workers from Oxenwood, who were dressed in costume.
The children, aged seven to 11, set up a Viking camp and made the Viking pledge to King Guthrum.
They were then split into two groups, with one making Thor’s hammer for a pendant as a good luck charm and the other learning how to use plastic weapons, including shields and spears.
In the afternoon they re-enacted the Battle of Edington, in which King Guthrum’s troops were defeated by the Saxons led by Alfred the Great. The youngsters took turns on both sides of the battle. The day finished with a Viking burial.
Debbie Alvis, assistant headteacher at Five Lanes Primary School, said: “They have been studying the Vikings and they had a lot to base their learning on.
“The following day they wrote their own newspaper on it and it brought all the history to life.”
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