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Last week J1 pupils enjoyed spending the day as Vikings in a replica Viking settlement based at Murton Park. The unique educational environment formed part of the history curriculum on their study of Invaders and Settlers.

Danelaw Dark Age Village contains a number of houses, workshops and fields, offering an atmospheric and hands-on learning environment. During the course of the day, they were farmers, hoeing the field and craftsmen making clay oil lamps. Children were even able to dress up in period-appropriate costumes and carry out a range of activities. They performed household tasks that involved collecting firewood and grinding wheat to make bread. Guard training was given to help the new settlers protect the village from marauding Saxons. Our pupils certainly took a 'Viking' to the day!

"A huge thank you to the York Farm Museum staff who made sure our Year 4s could still visit safely and learn about what it's like being a Viking for the day." - Andy Falconer