A child's eye view of Celts

12th December 1997 at 00:00
Zigzag: the invaders!

BBC2 Programmes broadcast between November 3-December 4 Age range: 7-9

Primary pupil John Dargie watches the ancient Britons

The Celts were really cool. The programme had great computer effects and the sound when they blew the war horn was really ancient. There was also good cartoons that explained everything like when the Celts invaded Britain. And if there was a word you didn't know like "crannog", they put it up on the screen along the bottom so you could read it as well as see it.

The girl from the future who could travel through time was good. She had a machine on her wrist that was like an electronic history teacher. It told you a lot. The acted bits were easy to understand but there wasn't any fighting. The bog man bit was magic. You could see he still had hair and skin when they dug him up. He'd been murdered by the druids.

The hill-fort looked tremendous. I'd like a job where you get to fly up and take pictures of forts and other ancient things like that. Some bits were neo-nerd. One Celt was skinning a rabbit, but it was a fake because there was no blood coming out. And I don't think the chief of the Celts would have been a woman when there were lots of warriors in the tribe. I'd like to watch it again, but we've done the Celts and the Romans and we've finished them. We're on to "rubbish" for our project now.

John Dargie is a seven-year-old pupil at Mile End Primary School in Aberdeen. He has been studying the Celts as part of an environmental studies project. A resource pack, teachers' notes, books and videos of all the programmes in Zig Zag: Invaders! are available from BBC Educational Publishing, Freepost LS7811, Wetherby, West Yorks LS23 6YY. Tel: 01937 541001

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