Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge LaunchLocal primary kids went back through the ages at Aden Park at this year’s launch on 19th June.  Fun was had by kids and adults alike, as they took part in eight historical activities to kick-off a summer of reading and writing.



Stone Age woman lighting a fire


A woman from the Stone Age, dressed in skins, demonstrated to the pupils how to start a fire just by rubbing sticks together.



Pupils acting as Celts


Celtic war cries echoed throughout the entire park and maybe even throughout the entire of Mintlaw too when everyone spent some time in the Roman period.



Pupils decoding Viking runes


Deep in the park, the kids came across a maiden and her mother who asked them to decode some Viking runes that were inscribed into a piece of wood.


Medieval knight, leper and pupils


Some Medieval Knights demonstrated their sword skills by slicing through melons in a clearing amongst the trees.  Meanwhile a leper made a surprise visit.


Pupils performing Tudor dance


The pupils donned traditional headdresses in the theatre, where they were shown how to perform ‘La Volta’ by a couple of Tudors.



Victorian woman and pupils


Two illiterate Victorians, whose loved ones had emigrated to Canada, asked the children for help.  These farmer’s wives needed to read and reply to letters they had received from their families.


WW1 soldier and pupils


The pupils enjoyed learning about World War 1 from a soldier in full-uniform, who then asked them to lay a memorial poppy garden.


Pupils making butter by hand


When they travelled to Hareshowe farmhouse in the 1950s, the children got to try their hands at making butter from cream and elbow grease.



Everyone had a great day at the launch; a day filled with entertainment and historical facts.  All the pupils learnt something new and had a lot of fun in the process, gearing them up for a summer of reading and writing as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Further information on the Challenge can be found on our web pages or by asking at your local library.

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