Your article: Youngsters enjoy Viking battle re-enactment

Viking battle re-enactment at Pocklington Community Junior School
Viking battle re-enactment at Pocklington Community Junior School

Youngsters put down their pens and picked up their swords and shields to take part in a Viking battle re-enactment.

Year 6 pupils at Pocklington Community Junior School, who have been learning about the Viking way of life, received a visit from Tom Wyles, from the Battle of Stamford Bridge Society, who brought along swords made out of foam.

The children cretaed their own shields as part of their home learning task. As part of the battle re-enactment, Mr Wyles showed pupils some basic elements of sword fighting which would have made them successful as Viking and Anglo-Saxon warriors.

Speaking about the shields made by the youngsters, Sue Yeates, from the school, said: “They were incredibly creative, colourful and ingenious, using a variety of materials and textures highlighting the children’s imagination and testing their knowledge of the Vikings.

“It was obvious that they had done a lot of research to find the right design and shape for their shields and thoroughly enjoyed making them. We thought they were so good that they should be on display in the Jorvik Centre [in York}.”

She added: “All this excellent activity will culminate in the children creating their own dance routines, which all forms part of their topic work on the Vikings.”

See next week’s paper (30 October) for more pictures.