Youngsters from Pulham Primary School dress up to celebrate school’s new Iceni round house

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) at the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) at the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary School with some of her warriors. From left, back, ten-year-olds Dylan Richards, Nicolas Navarro, and Monty Gascoyne. Front, Isabel Navarro, eight; and Mason Gallivan, nine. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

It's a unique school project - 2,000 years in the making.

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) inside the Iceni round house at Pulham Pri

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) inside the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Pupils and staff at Pulham Primary School dressed up as ancient Britons to celebrate the official opening of an Iceni round house on the school's grounds.

The day of celebrations began with a lesson about the Iceni tribe - a people who lived in the region between during the Iron Age and early Roman era. They then dressed up for a procession across the school's new meadow to the Iceni house, which was officially opened by Molly Housego from the Black Knight Historical group, dressed as the famous Iceni leader, Queen Boudicca. There was then time for more storytelling and a mock battle.

Simone Goddard, headteacher, said the round house was the 'crowning glory' of the school's heritage project called 'our Pulhams, our Norfolk'.

Mrs Goddard said: 'As a school we decided that it was really important that the children learnt about the heritage of the place where they live, both in the villages of Pulham St Mary and Pulham Market and further afield in Norfolk.

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) speaks about the battles with the Romans a

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) speaks about the battles with the Romans at the opening of the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017


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'The project wasn't just about building the Iceni house it was about immersing the pupils in history, allowing them to learn at a greater depth and to find joy and excitement in their learning.

'They also explored their local heritage comparing the village now to how it was in the past.'

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Mrs Goddard said each class had a different historical period to explore as part of the heritage project.

She said: 'They studied the Romans, the Victorians, the Anglo Saxons and the Tudors and all the children had trips to further their understanding.'

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) opens the Iceni round house at Pulham Prim

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) opens the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

There was also a photo exhibition of all the trips the children have been on as part of the project.

The children made excursions to the Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth for a 'Roman day', to West Stow Anglo Saxon village, Great Cressingham Victorian School and to the Caister Roman Camp.

A film which the children made about the project was also shown at the celebration day on Friday, and oral recordings they made of community members' memories of life in Pulham were also on display. The round house was paid for by a £9,900 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and the project was done with the support of the Tenec Trust, The Friends of the School and Heritage England.

The Iceni warriors, lead by Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) march to the r

The Iceni warriors, lead by Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) march to the round house for the opening at Pulham Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) opens the Iceni round house at Pulham Prim

Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) opens the Iceni round house at Pulham Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

The Iceni warriors, lead by Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) march to the r

The Iceni warriors, lead by Queen Boudicca (Molly Housego of Black Knight Historical) march to the round house for the opening at Pulham Primary School. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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