“War is Brewing” was the challenge faced by Years 5 and 6 pupils at a West Norfolk school.

Denver Primary pupils were joined by Downham Market Rotarians Alan Culley, Bryan Bradley and Martin Chilvers to test their skills in a Junior Technology Challenge.

They had to imagine being back in 1540 with invading forces approaching and a messenger sent by the King to return with 300 men as reinforcements within two days.

With a limited number of resources, the messenger had to find ways of getting across a river. Pupils worked in groups and used their imagination and resources provided by Rotary to explore and create a portfolio of different ideas. 

These were scored against the criteria outlined at the start of the task. 

Class 4 teacher Dawn Henden said: “The budding engineers produced some excellent and very inventive ideas. The technology day was to enrich the children’s learning in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.”

Rotary Technology Tournaments are one-day challenges to develop team building, communication, planning and time management skills, and give pupils an opportunity to apply their skills. 

“The aim of such events is to inspire students to consider careers in these areas. 

“This was certainly the case at Denver Primary whose children rose to the challenge and had a fantastic and memorable learning experience,” Ms Henden said.