A PRIMARY school in Petersfield experienced a Viking invasion as dozens of seven and eight-year-olds transformed into sail-makers, carpenters, sailors and warriors.
The miniature Norse explorers from Dunnanie pre-prep school made a 5.5 metre long ship complete with sail, mast, oars and shields to bring history to life.
They used 600 cable ties to connect the planks, a special double-thickness piece of wood to create the iconic curved sides of the hull, and wood and metal for the shields.
Head Jo Webbern said: The children learnt so much during this unique experience and were fascinated and enthralled from beginning to end.
‘Interesting historical facts came to life as they learnt the Viking craft of ship-building and discovered that a real longship might have had up to 110 warriors.
‘The Dunnanie ship was a quarter of the size of a real one and the children had fun working out the true length of a long-ship and discovering it would have been as long as the school’s corridor.’