Bringing history to life for St Nicholas primary pupils

'Viking' weavers at work

A magical history tour into the past has unlocked fun learning adventures for children at St Nicholas-at-Wade CE Primary.

The voyage of discovery for Year 3 and Year 4 groups has explored the rich heritage and culture of the British Isles.

As part of their topic ‘I Am Warrior’, Year 4 headed off to Canterbury to visit the acclaimed museum specialising in life in Ancient Rome.

The pupils enjoyed a range of practical activities including making Roman coins, a session discovering how a catapult is constructed and operates, and a mosaic workshop.

They explored the museum and were also able to handle artefacts as well as dressing up as a Roman soldier or citizen.

Organised by Year 4 teacher Sara Patterson, the educational visit enthralled children from start to finish and they were full of enthusiasm about life in Roman times.

In Year 3 the children were transported back to the days of the Vikings when the Living Histories team delivered a fantastic workshop in school.

Pupils made silver amulets, in which they engraved their names using the runic Norse alphabet, they wove fabrics, played Viking games, made hand cream and ground wheat amongst other activities.

Arranged by Year 3 teachers Collette Palmer and Carolyn Jermy, the workshops brought the topic work Traders and Raiders to life.

The group has also been creating an Anglo Saxon village as part of their Design Technology lessons which has been another successful part of their learning.

Head Teacher Taralee Kennedy said: “It is well worth the effort to organise learning with specialists visiting school and trips out for children.

“It greatly enhances and enriches their enjoyment and knowledge of the topic. It is really lovely to see the children engaged in these activities as well as coming away full of interesting facts to share.

“We are also keen to teach the children about their local surroundings and we are so lucky to have Canterbury on the doorstep as an important historical Roman site.”