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Vikings

School visits which bring the past to life for Key Stage 2 History.

Step into the ancient past, to the world of Vikings and Saxons. Children will come face to face with Jarl Beorn, who along with his wife Lagertha, will guide children to discover how to live like a Viking. Our passion for history, ancient technology and bushcraft deliver experiential learning for schools which is fun, educational and unforgettable.

“The sounds, the sights and even the smells of Viking Britain came to life for our class. I’m so glad we booked you. It was a day the children won’t forget. We shall see you again when Vikings comes around on the curriculum again.” – Mr Thile, School Teacher

By giving them a chance to get hands-on, to live and breathe history with all their senses, children will be inspired to discover more about their heritage, locality and culture.

No more dusty textbooks or stuffy lectures; activities are fun, educational and engaging. With our Viking Britain experience, the past leaps off the page and comes alive!

Watch this video for a taste of our immersive Viking sessions for schools. You can be confident that we deliver enthusiasm, experience and knowledge in full, historically-accurate period dress.

Vikings in the Curriculum

The National Curriculum in England for Key Stage 2 states that, “pupils should be taught about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor.” So, if you need to have Viking history lessons in your school, you might as well do it in style. Curriculum topics include:

  • Viking raids and invasions
  • Resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first King of England
  • Further Viking invasions and Danegeld
  • Anglo-Saxon laws and justice
  • Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066

We Make History “Wild!”

It’s amazing how many more children become engaged when learning outdoors rather than in the classroom. Our outdoor Vikings sessions are unique because they bring the Forest School teaching approach of ‘learning through play’ to the subject of history.

Interactive games, teamwork and role-play, cater to different learning styles whilst the costumes, encampment and campfire bring the sights and smells of the past to life through an authentic living history display, all set under the open sky. Children’s imaginations will go wild.

“An exciting way to bring history to life in our school. Very well organised and plenty of informative sessions including cooking on the fire, battle reenactments, artefacts table, dressing up, fire-making, story-telling, hunting techniques and much more! They kept all of our children fully engrossed from beginning to end – and no travelling either!” Mrs Heini, Headteacher

Our Vikings sessions are interwoven with nature education too. If you think about it, it’s only natural. The people of the past were inseparable from the landscape they lived in, and so we integrate our Vikings sessions with topics like farming, herblore, woodcraft, tracking, foraging, plant identification and traditional crafts which link your local history with the countryside around you.

“It was amazing! My class got so much from it – they still talk about it today.” Mr Gray, School Teacher

“The battles were very realistic and cool. I was a bit scared!” Bo (pupil)

“Powysland Museum had the great pleasure of James’ brilliant company twice this summer as part of the museum’s Viking exhibition and related activities. First he came as part of a Viking invasion outside the museum demonstrating Viking warrior skills and wood crafts to school children, visitors to the museum and passers-by. Later in the summer he was demonstrating leather crafts for children and their families as part of the museum’s holiday activities. On both occasions James was absolutely fantastic – he can communicate with all ages and on all levels and he makes history come alive. The feedback from both events was enthusiastic and the most repeated remark was: ‘When is he coming back?’ All at Powysland Museum enjoyed working with James and hope to continue our relationship in the future.” Eva Bredsdorff, Senior Museum Curator at Powysland Museum

“James and Lea were magnificent Iron Age warriors. They set up camp on the top of Moel y Gaer (hillfort), and their presentations captured the imaginations of adults and children alike.” – Lorna Jenner, Halkyn Heritage Week

“I loved making the flour for the wheat-cakes and getting to bake them.” Zoe (pupil)

“Best day ever!” Jay (pupil)

“Making a fire the old way was really hard, but James managed it!” Wren (pupil)

“James and Lea provided Celtic re-enactment as part of a school visit to a hillfort. The children were obviously enthralled. In the afternoon about 30 adults visited their camp and were as impressed. What was so good was that James and Lea were able to get the same information over to both the children and the adults but at exactly the right level for the different audiences, a skill which meant both groups found the visit fascinating.” Fiona Gale, County Archaeologist for Denbighshire County Council

LINKING TO THE NEW WELSH CURRICULUM

You can be sure that our Iron Age sessions link into the Four Purposes of Education For Children & Young People as set out in the new Welsh Curriculum. The curriculum aims for all children to be…

  • Ambitious and capable learners, who are ready to learn throughout their lives.
  • Enterprising and creative contributors, ready to play a full part in life and work.
  • Healthy and confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.
  • Ethical and informed citizens, who are ready to be citizens of Wales and the world.

We wholeheartedly believe that learning outdoors, surrounded by nature is an effective way to nurture these characteristics in our young people. We also believe it’s more powerful for a child to find an answer for themselves than for us to give it to them right away. So, we always encourage the children’s curiosity and allow plenty of opportunities for kids to ask lots of questions and explore the different possible answers. This approach of mentoring young people fosters enquiring, bright minds. Whilst the natural settings we teach in and the themes we cover work toward building their mental and emotional well-being by developing confidence, resilience and empathy.

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Send your pupils, back  over 1000 years, on a time travel adventure they won’t forget. They will be inspired, motivated and educated. Simply get us in touch with using the form below.

“James took full charge of our forest school activities during our charity fun day and was very organised. The forest school was full at all times with the children and parents exploring the various activities provided from bug hunting and making magic wands to making apple crumble on the stove, which was delicious! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their experience in the forest school and it was lovely to see so many smiling faces, particularly when James started playing his mandolin having a little sing along.”

Dawn Lloyd-Jones

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