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Monday, 02 June 2014
A Viking visited Hesketh House today to give the Year 4 girls a very different kind of history lesson!
When the girls returned from their lunch, the classroom had been decked in furs, with numerous Viking artefacts arranged on and around them. The girls assembled in a semi-circle around their unusual visitor, immersing themselves in the performance.
The Viking drew similarities between Vikings and the girls themselves, making the talk even more interesting for them. He explained that most of what we know about Vikings comes from archaeology: all the rubbish that people threw away 1,000 years ago!
He also emphasised that although people generally know the “bully-boy” side of Vikings, they have another side. This led into a discussion of the world they lived in and the lives that people led back then, generally on farms surrounded by woods or forests. He explained that this world should be familiar from fairy-tales, such as Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Snow White, which originate from this time.
The Viking explained the different way Vikings engineered their ships, which gave them the terrifying ability to move around the world faster than anyone had previously thought possible!
Whenever the Viking asked a question or invited a response, the girls were really enthusiastic, throwing themselves into the spirit of the visit. There was a lot of information to take in, but it was presented in a really interesting and engaging way and the girls were enthralled throughout. It was a great way to start off the half term!
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