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Pupils ready for Viking invasion!

Pupils from Rossall School learned about Vikings in workshops at Lancaster Maritime Museum.

Pupils from Rossall School learned about Vikings in workshops at Lancaster Maritime Museum.

Schoolchildren wielded swords, supervised of course, and donned helmets and shields as they learned about the battles of the Viking era.

The Year Four pupils visited Lancaster’s Maritime Museum for two workshops on the fierce Viking Age.

Led by ‘Vikings’ Erik and Linden the children learned about preparations for battles, handling weapons and armour similar to that used by the seafaring people raided and traded.

The children also learned about the softer side of the Vikings, experiencing what life was like in their settlements, which expanded across much of the Northern Hemisphere between the 8th and 11th Centuries.

Pupil Fred Boardman, said: “The chain mail was really heavy, most of us couldn’t lift it up, but I could. It was a great day.”

Back at the Broadway school children used the Vikings’ roots as explorers and settlers to inspire their science and technology classes, designing and building their own longships to sail and carry weights.

Holly Cumpsty said: “We all had a fantastic time, I would love to go again.”

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