CHILDREN at Southdown Primary School welcomed visitors from the Welsh Guard to their school as they took part in a school army day.

The event was organised by John Jones (health and wellbeing coordinator and Year 3 teacher) for learners in Key Stage 2 in a bid to get the children active and develop their skills through military style activities.

The children took part in code breaking activities, marching routines, 'mine sweeping' and were given the opportunity to try on the equipment worn by the Welsh Guards in service.

The children were most eager to try on the traditional ceremonial uniform worn by the Queens Guards including the famous black bear skin hats.

The second day concluded with Year 4,5 and 6 pupils taking part in an assault course on the school field under the watchful eye of Sergeant Duffy.

The children finished the day head to toe in mud, with a smile on everyone's face.

Mr Jones said: "The children have really enjoyed taking part in Army Day. It has been fantastic to watch them develop their confidence, fitness and communication skills through a range of activities. On behalf of our school, I'd like to thank Sergeant Duffy and his team for giving up their time to deliver the sessions over the two days."

Sarah Jones, Key Stage 2 manager, said: "It has been a fantastic couple of days welcoming the Welsh guards to Southdown Primary School. All of the Junior children have thoroughly enjoyed trying on the uniform and kit.

"They have been able to ask the soldiers interesting questions, they have learnt to march like soldiers and had the opportunity to take part in lots of team games and a very muddy assault course on the back field and fitness drills. It has been thoroughly enjoyable.

"The children have shown how confident and capable they are when faced with new challenges. Da iawn pawb and thank you to the Welsh Guards for taking the time to come in. We cannot wait for next year!"