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Fressingfield Primary School Viking Day

Tuesday 26th February 2019

There were horned helmets, plaited hair, axes and thick fur coats on display on Tuesday as the children celebrated Viking Day across Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11) and took part in a series of hands-on workshops linked to our topic.

There were six workshops in total: longships, runes, jewellery, bread-making, felting and music.

The music workshop was run by Joe Carr, the curator and education director of the Red House in Aldeburgh. The children first explored some genuine historical artefacts, such as a 1000 year old comb, before playing traditional instruments. They created their own music using percussion, panpipe and a lyre – instruments the Vikings would have used themselves.

The longship workshop was an exercise in teamwork and perseverance that resulted in three marvellous models that now decorate the atrium. Each is complete with oars, a sail, Viking shields along both sides and, of course, a dragon on each prow.

In the runes workshop the children learnt about the futhark – the Norse alphabet, then created their own tablets with their own names written using runes.

The Vikings in the jewellery workshop created some beautiful brooches, and pairs of brooches linked with beads that they used to adorn their cloaks and proudly wore for the rest of the day, showing just how wealthy and prestigious they were compared to lesser Vikings!

The bread-making Vikings, led by Mrs Tooley, cooked traditional flat breads using oats rather than wheat flour. The porridge-like flavour of the bread was improved with the addition of lashings of honey and dried fruit pushed into the top of each loaf. We learned that loaves like these would have been carried by Vikings on their incredible exploratory trips across the oceans.

Mrs Stansfeld and Mrs Waring led the felting workshops. The children, starting with the basic raw material of unspun wool, first learnt to card it, then layer it and then bind it using a secret Viking combination of ingredients and techniques. The resulting felt was used to make money pouches or wrist warmers that real Vikings would have been more than familiar with.

Children always learn best when they are completely immersed in what they are doing, so dressing up, while also being great fun, is a fantastic learning experience. This became particularly apparent at the end of the day during the assembly to share all of our achievements with the school; representatives from each group were able to talk eloquently and at length about what they had learned during each workshop –such as that Viking runes were discovered by the god Odin as he hung on Yggdrasil – the world tree – for nine days.

So we offer huge thanks to all the teachers and support staff who prepared these workshops for us – and in particular to Mr Carr – and say a big well done to the children for all that they achieved.

The Armistice Quilt 2018

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan

7th November 2018

The children of Year 6 were able to contribute to the Village Plan today, when Mr Deeks – who is both the Chair of the Governing Body and the Chair of the Parish Council – came in to canvas their opinions.

The children were asked what they liked about the village as it currently is, and also to project forward 20 years to describe the kind of village they would like to live in when they are adults. We thought you would be interested to read about what they said.

Listed are some of the things they like about our village:

  • it is friendly,
  • it is peaceful,
  • the children like their neighbours,
  • the countryside,
  • it’s small,
  • the fields are great for walking dogs,
  • the church,
  • the tennis courts and playing fields,
  • the school,
  • the woods and
  • it’s not too busy.

The children had lots of ideas about what they would like to change in the village, and improvements they would like to see. They included:

  • a better play park,
  • more shops,
  • cheap houses so families can live where they want and feel comfortable,
  • a cricket pitch,
  • more trees,
  • bakery,
  • a bigger doctors and a dentist,
  • riding classes,
  • more buses,
  • more jobs,
  • swimming pool and gym,
  • a skate park,
  • a café,
  • a football team,
  • a wind generator,
  • a youth club in the evenings, so people have something to do,
  • better internet,
  • a library,
  • less traffic,
  • the Norwich bus to come more often, and
  • hover cars!

They summarised their ideas in the following ways:

“I hope Fressingfield will have more wildlife and be quiet. I also hope it will have a wildlife centre and a library.”

“I hope Fressingfield should still have woods and empty space for people to meet, but there should be cheaper housing, a wildlife centre, a care home, a police office and a bigger school.”

“I hope Fressingfield will be a happy, cheerful, friendly place.”

“I hope Fressingfield has more things like houses. I think there should be more ships and a better play park and playingfield.”

“I hope Fressingfield stays calm and quiet but grows. I also hope Fressingfield’s nature stays as it is because without it Fressingfield wouldn’t be peaceful.”

“I hope Fressingfield doesn’t get taken over by technology and I hope it doesn’t have any crime and stays a nice quiet countryside village.”

“I hope Fressingfield will still be peaceful, but have a few more townbased features like a public pool.”