A FIRST school was transformed into a castle as young knights displayed their skills in front of a special guest.
Children were dressed up in armour and other medieval costumes to do some jousting with safe swords and lances, jesters performed some feats and tricks, princesses did a dance and musicians played the ukulele.
They also put on a short play as part of the show for the Lord of Warkworth, played by Roger Vaughan, one of The Three Rivers Learning Trust academy directors.
The special pageant, which included a medieval banquet, was the culmination of the Knights Quest project run by a federation of first schools — Whalton, Longhorsley St Helen’s and Cambo. Although the wet weather meant they could not go to Warkworth Castle as planned, everyone still had fun at the alternative venue of Longhorsley.
Cambo First School Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “The pupils really enjoyed the two-month project, particularly as they chose to do the subject of knights and medieval times.
“The activities they did included how to handle a sword, potions to help a knight, learning fencing techniques, making medieval-style books by hand and they also did a lot of research about the culture, food and music of the period.
“The final day was brilliant and thankfully the heavy rain held off until the afternoon as we did our outdoor activities in the morning. All the children enjoyed performing for the Lord of Warkworth.”
Pupils were also able to make some items out of glass, such as keyrings and fridge magnets, during the pageant with glass artist Sue Woolhouse.
Headteacher of Longhorsley St Helen’s and Whalton First Schools, Sue Hall, said: “It was a shame that we couldn’t go to Warkworth, but we still wanted to make it a great day so we turned Longhorsley First School into a castle.
“Lots of decorations were put up and we made a special entrance to get the children excited as soon as they arrived.
“We all had a lot of fun on the day and the project has gone really well as they have learned a great deal about the life of a knight and medieval times.
“We had plenty of positive feedback from parents, who said their children were looking forward to the pageant and had enjoyed making their costumes with them over the Easter holidays.”