School catches Olympic fever with dip into past

Longhoughton First School pupils Andrew Spark, Libby Chrisp, William Phillips and Robert Curry are  put through their paces as Spartan warriors by 'Andros the Spartan'

Longhoughton First School pupils Andrew Spark, Libby Chrisp, William Phillips and Robert Curry are put through their paces as Spartan warriors by 'Andros the Spartan'

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OLYMPIC fever has started in Longhoughton as youngsters get ready for the big event.

Pupils from the village first school have started to study the history of the games.

And they were helped by Andros the Spartan, played by Steve Richardson, who led an educational workshop to bring history to life and help make learning fun.

Each class worked with Andros to try their hand at javelin and discus throwing, and had some intensive training as Spartan soldiers, complete with swords and shields.

The school is continuing with its Olympic theme to mark the Torch arriving in the North East on June 14 and its overnight stay in Alnwick.

A special Olympic-themed sports day is being held by the pupils at the school on June 25.

There will even be a special opening ceremony for the Longhoughton First School games.

Headteacher Tracey Critchlow said: “The whole school had great fun with Andros and now know some of the history behind the Olympic sports.

“They’re really looking forward to the opening ceremony of our Olympic sports day, which I’m relieved to say will only cost a tiny fraction of the real thing!”