As part of their Viking topic, Year 4 visited York on the 24th January. When we arrived, we were a bit shocked to discover that our path from the coach park to the museum was blocked by the river! Luckily, we managed to find another route.

While we were in York, we visited the Jorvik Centre and also took part in a workshop at the Dig Centre. Our workshop was about Viking Weapons and Battle Tactics. We were very surprised to learn that only one in 100 Vikings ever owned a sword – and to find out all the other things they used as weapons. Another fascinating discovery was that Vikings didn’t actually wear helmets with horns on them. We also enjoyed trying out a Viking shield wall – the Year 4 children were particularly good at the Viking battle cries.

At the Jorvik museum, we had a chance to see some of the original excavations of the Viking city of Jorvik. Everyone really enjoyed the ride around the reconstructed Viking town, including meeting a Viking sailor on the boat!. After the ride, we explored the objects in the gallery – the skeletons were especially interesting. One of the experts from the gallery talked to us about some of the items that were found during the excavation and we also watched a Viking man stamping coins.

All the adults were really proud of the Year 4 Abbeyfield children – their behaviour was fantastic and they were a credit to the school.


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