Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Authentic and innovative hands-on day linked with the KS2 curriculum. Train to be a Viking warrior, cast your own Saxon coin, create a quill and natural ink and decipher ancient runes, discover techniques to weave natural wools.

We start the session with an interactive potted history of the Anglo Saxon and Viking era to put the activities in context. We use our display of artefacts to help tell the story.

This will then be followed by Topics and Activities (the number of activities covered will depend on the length of the session booked (half/full day):

Weapons Training

Learn weaponry skills and Viking drill commands, including techniques for creating a shield wall and spear and axe manoeuvres. This session will be taught using replica wooden weapons.

Cast your own Saxon or Viking Coin

Learn about the role money played during Anglo Saxon and Viking times. Each child will design their own coin, create a mould and cast their own small coin to take home.

Weaving

Explore the art of weaving for clothing, blankets and baskets. The class will work in small groups to experiment with different weaving techniques.

Ancient Writing

Discover how writing played a part in this period of history and what we can learn from the written evidence of the time. Each child will make their own writing quill from a feather. Work together to decipher the runes to gain the knowledge you'll need to make your own ink.

We look forward to travelling back in time with you!

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"Thanks for such a wonderful and informative day yesterday. The children loved it all and it was fantastic to see them getting so hands on. Your depth of knowledge and enthusiasm is brilliant. Exactly what we needed to inspire the children in our Stone Age topic."