Pupils from Hilgay school get their lightsabers at the ready as they enjoy their Jedi Knight training with Andrew Lawden. Pictures: Tony Jones

Youngsters from Hilgay and Ten Mile Bank Riverside Academies swapped pens for lightsabers when they enjoyed special Jedi Knight training.

The fun martial arts sessions, based around the famous Star Wars films, were part of the school’s healthy living programme during National Sports Week.

Jedi master for the activity last Thursday was Andrew Lawden, an extra in the first Star Wars prequel  movie The Phantom Menace.

The academy’s executive headteacher Sarah Turner said children at both schools had a wonderful time learning new skills.

“The children absolutely loved it,” she said.

“They were quite excited to meet a member of the Star Wars cast. There are a lot of Star Wars fans in the school” 

During the week the school also had zorbing, cycling and a visit by world record skipper Peter Thompson, known as Skip Beatz, who uses ultraviolet lighting and high-energy music to show off fast-paced skipping skills.

“The whole week was about inspiring the children to be more active and look at different ways they can be active and the variety of sports available to them,” said Mrs Turner.

The week ended with pupils from both schools heading to High Lodge in Thetford Forest to enjoy a day full of outdoor activities.