Any old iron

Colehill First school held an Iron Age day with a themed assembly and activities.

Colehill First school held an Iron Age day with a themed assembly and activities.

Youngsters from a Wimborne school showed their ‘metal’ when they turned the clock back some 2,000 years.

The children from Colehill First School ditched 21st century life for an Iron Age Experience Day.

They were challenged to leave their school uniform behind and come to school dressed as a typical Iron Age dweller.

And under the guidance of Iron Age expert Matt Russell they were given first-hand experience of life way back then.

Headteacher, Andrew Turrall, said: “This was a fantastically fun day for our pupils and it really brought the history curriculum to life.

“From making their own weapons to braving our chilly weather in Iron Age-style clothes, the children really embraced the spirit of the day.”

During the day the youngsters learned more about the Iron Age tribes that lived in the British Isles prior to, and at the time of, the Roman invasion in 43AD

In hands-on history sessions the children also found out more about the typical day of an Ancient Britain, including what food they ate and the clothes they wore.

They were also given an insight into the artwork of our forebears and replicated this by making their own shields and spears.

And the day culminated in warrior training activities using sword skills, spear skills and javelin throwing.

Leading them through all these activities was Experience the Iron Age’s Matt Russell, who said: “I had a fantastic day at Colehill First School with Year Three and Four pupils learning all about Iron Age clothing, weapons and Hill Forts.

“My favourite part of the day was the assembly when we created a tribe with its own chief, champion, warriors and tribes people.

“The day ended brilliantly when all the children got into the ‘warrior’ spirit and learned to use spears and javelin.”

Colehill First School is one of seven First and Middle schools in Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT), along with Hayeswood First School, Allenbourn Middle School, St John’s First School, Merley First School, St Michael’s CE Middle School and Witchampton First School.

WAT was formed in March 2015.

All of its academies are rated either Good or Outstanding.


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