Anyone who went to Huntingtower Community Primary Academy on Friday would have been forgiven for thinking they had gone back in time, with jousting, falconry, and chainmail costumes aplenty.
To mark their 100th year the school went back even further in history, and treated their students, parents and staff to an unforgettable Knights of Middle England day immersing them in the past.
Assistant head teacher for key stage 1, Donna Kightley said: “It was a once-in-a-lifetime, third generational event that the children will tell their children and their children’s children.”
In a perfect demonstration of their slogan that Huntingtower is a school where learning comes to life, the event gave students in Year 1 and 2 the opportunity to present all the hard work they’ve been doing researching the Battle of Hastings.
Each class created their own castles and presented this dressed in medieval finery. While they took on royal roles, the older pupils acted as the peasants and also had the chance to try on armour and ask the knights questions concerning life in Middle England.
Yet it was the knight Sir Jonathan of Huntingtower who was left wondering at the morning’s partial solar eclipse, a fitting start to a day of spectacle which the whole school came out to watch.
Then in memorable assemblies Huntingtower’s youngsters enjoyed the experience of having birds of prey fly right over their heads during falconry displays.
Students from Priory Ruskin also joined in with the celebrations as part of their own research into the period.
The truly historic day ended with a jousting tournament between Sir Jonathan and the Black Knight in an arena on the school playing fields. Mrs Kightly added: “It was the pièce de résistance at the end which brought everything together, and it was so exciting. I don’t know who was more excited, the teachers or the children!”