Viking School Days
In response to an increasing demand, Viking School Days provides an entertaining and interactive learning experience in schools across the UK. We bypass all the difficulties associated with organising trips and bring history to life in your classroom.
Your students can join Olaf on a Viking raid, or stand in the shieldwall with Oswald the Anglo-Saxon, and relive the events that forged modern Britain. Our service is fully risk-assessed and insured. Our sessions are delivered by an experienced qualified teacher, with a history degree and a passion for inspiring students of all ages and abilities.
Why book Viking School Days for educational workshops into your school?
We provide a unique learning experience which encourages active participation through role-play, questioning and interactive activities. Our service is not merely a cost effective alternative to organising a trip, it is also designed so that young people can relate to their past in a fun and engaging manner. In the words of one teacher: 'It was an experience I know they will not forget in a hurry!'
What activities are available during group visits?
Join Olaf's crew, help him build a longship and get ready for a Viking raid. Work together to survive an Atlantic storm, defeat the Anglo-Saxons in battle and haggle in the marketplace. Feast together around the hearth and hear the terrible saga of Ragnarok!
Swear your oath to Oswald and prepare for war! Explore the sights, sounds and smells of an Anglo-Saxon farm. Feel the weight of the chainmail, practice forming a solid shieldwall and experience the clash of battle. Hear the epic tale of Beowulf.
What size groups do you cater for?
To maximise our sessions learning potential, and to fulfil our health and safety requirements, our visitor can engage a group of 45 students at any one time. We do regularly cater for more students and offer both half day and full day sessions, so that everyone can enjoy a fully immersive experience.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
We cater for a range of Special Educational Needs and can specifically tailor sessions to meet individual requirements.
All our presentations are delivered by a qualified teacher with a History degree.
We come with an Enhanced DBS check.
Everything is risk assessed and we carry £5,000,000 Public Liability Insurance.
All our sessions are inspired by the National Curriculum.
All our clothing and artefacts are are reconstructed from archaeological finds.
We use character acting, questioning and role play to develop an understanding of the period.
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"Amazing experience, which the children loved from start to finish. The workshop was delivered with in- depth knowledge, passion and good humour. The battle which the children took part in at the end of the session was an experience I know they will not forgot in a hurry. Olaf even took time to sit with the children during lunchtime, a personal touch which the children really enjoyed. Ben’s ability to build relationships with the children in such a short space of time, was one of the highlights. We have had many of these types of workshops in school before but this was a cut above the rest and I cannot recommend the experience highly enough. On behalf of Year 5, thanks Ben, for inspiring the Year 5 teachers as well as the pupils!"
Year 5 Teachers, Oxford Grove Primary School, Bolton
"The kids loved this interactive, fun and very loud experience! It tied in perfectly with our lessons so far and, after speaking to Ben about our curriculum, he also added extra stories and information to help add depth to the children's understanding. Great classroom management meant the children were engaged through the whole day and other classes (and staff) were very jealous!"
, Rood End Primary School, Oldbury
"Absolutely fantastic experience! The children (and the staff) thoroughly enjoyed the day and we were sad it had to end! Ben was excellent. He established a great rapport with the children and managed behaviour effortlessly whilst still delivering a fun, engaging and interactive session. His delivery of the information was enthusiastic and clear and allowed all children to handle artefacts and learn loads of interesting facts about the Vikings. All the children were engaged throughout and had a great laugh too! Ben provided loads of opportunities for them to ask questions and was supportive and patient with the children. I would definitely recommend Ben (Olaf the Viking) as his passion for the topic is infectious and it was a pleasure to have him in school Thank you very much - we look forward to the next time!"
, Sydenham Primary School, Leamington Spa
"The year 5 and 6 children thoroughly enjoyed the Viking Day. Ben was fantastic with the children, giving them lots of information in a way that they could understand. The day was interactive and engaging. The battle was a huge success, my class loved the chance to form a shield wall and hurl foam spears at each other. The day furthered the children's learning in a fun and engaging way. We will definitely use this service again! Thank you."
, Victoria Orchard Primary School, Burton-Upon-Trent
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