Archery gives Portsmouth pupils a taste of history

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YOUNGSTERS got a taste of what it was like to shoot a bow and arrow as part of studying Saxon life.

Year 4 pupils at Flying Bull Academy in Buckland, Portsmouth are looking into the Saxon period.

3/12/14'' Flying Bull Academy archery lesson - Lily Chase 9''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143468-1) PPP-140312-141949001

3/12/14'' Flying Bull Academy archery lesson - Lily Chase 9''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143468-1) PPP-140312-141949001

So they were delighted when Southsea Archery Club came to show them how the Saxons arch enemies the Normans would have used a bow and arrow hundreds of years ago.

Rachel Kebede, eight, said: ‘I feel confident. It’s my first time. It was a fun thing to do and it’s exciting.’

Jimmy Payne, eight, added: ‘It’s quite tense. I have never done archery before. There are so many good children in the class it puts the pressure on you.

‘None of my friends at home have done archery.’

3/12/14'' Flying Bull Academy archery lesson - Lily Chase 9''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143468-1) PPP-140312-141949001

3/12/14'' Flying Bull Academy archery lesson - Lily Chase 9''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143468-1) PPP-140312-141949001

The children were taken outside in groups, where members of the club carried out demonstrations.

They each then had the opportunity to have a go firing an arrow themselves.

Lee Dallinger is deputy headteacher at the school.

He said: ‘It’s about bringing the Saxon topic to life.

3/12/14'' Flying Bull Academy archery lesson - Charlie Field 8''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143468-2) PPP-140312-141938001

3/12/14'' Flying Bull Academy archery lesson - Charlie Field 8''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143468-2) PPP-140312-141938001

‘It’s an opportunity that lots of children wouldn’t get.

‘It’s important to be able to bring this to school so the children can understand what it was like to shoot a bow and arrow.

‘The children were excited about it.

‘It’s about trying to get first hand experience.

‘This is a day that the children will always remember.

‘It’s something the school values highly.

‘They are supporting each other and taking an interest in how each other are doing.’

Sonnie Eminey is the head coach and owner of Southsea Archery Club.

He said: ‘It’s been brilliant. It gets them out of the classroom so they are learning outside.

‘They are doing something that they probably haven’t done before.

‘It’s something that they can actually carry on with outside of school.

‘They loved it. Every child left with a huge smile on the face.

‘They have been talking about it all the time.’