Wrexham pupils turn into Celtic warriors

Published date: 03 April 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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CHILDREN ditched their school books, threw spears and made jewellery for a day dedicated to the Celts.

Gwenfro Community Primary School Celtic Day saw the school transformed into a Celtic scene and its pupils become Celtic warriors.

More than 60 pupils across year three and four classes at the Caia Park school took part in fun – including facepainting, bread and soup making, spear throwing and learning how to make pots and jewellery.

The Celts lived across central and western Europe in Medieval times and during the early Iron Age.

The children learned how to create the building material wattle and daub. This was a process used by the Celts where strips of wood, known as the wattle, would be daubed together using a mix of soil, animal dung, clay, sand and water.

Pupils perfected the historic building practice, getting a glimpse into how homes in Celtic villages would have been constructed centuries ago.

The spear throwing allowed the children to re-enact what it would have been like to be a Celtic warrior.

A typical warrior carried about four spears – or ‘lancea’, as they were called – at any one time.

Lynne Ingman, who has taught at the school for 18 years, said the day had been “very successful”.

She said: “The Celts Day is a really good day and the children have spoken really positively about it.

“The kids are studying Celts in their history class. They have been learning out of text books and from internet resources, but allow them to get hands-on and experience Celtic life for themselves really helps their development and understanding of the subject.”

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