School Workshops - Viking School Visits
Viking School Visits have been providing high quality interactive history workshops since 2012. Due to high demand we are now offering a wider range of workshops from Prehistoric to World War II.
Experienced, professional historical interpreters will come to your school, bringing a wide range of replica artefacts and engage your children with activities to stimulate quality creative work for the rest of the topic.
We work to the highest standards of authenticity and constantly update our knowledge of the latest research into the period. Then we take that knowledge and disseminate it in inventive and child-friendly ways so that historical concepts are clearly understood by your class. We also understand how important it is to encourage enquiry skills with plenty of question time for the children to dig deeper into their own learning.
DBS checked staff and insured to £10M PLI, we also have a central point of contact and dedicated admin staff. A simple, clear booking system and thorough pre-visit organisation allows the day to go without a hitch!
Why are Viking School Visits a great choice for bringing fun workshops into your school?
Our workshops are run by professional costumed specialists with years of experience in school settings. We don't "stand at the front and talk", we expect the children (and teachers!) to get involved and really feel what it was like to live in Tudor times.
Our Tudor and Elizabethan workshops cover the period from 1485 to the early 1600s. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I are two of our most iconic monarchs and the time in which they ruled brought great change to Britain. Six weddings, three funerals and two divorces; religious strife and the establishment of the Church of England; Shakespeare; the birth of the British Empire; the discovery and colonisation of America; travel, trade and adventure and even the humble potato - all these contributed to making the Tudor age challenging, dramatic and exciting!
We bring authentically made replica artefacts into school and our costumed workshop leaders will give you a day full of fun activities and hands-on experiences.
What activities are available during group visits?
Our workshops are designed to give a good overall view of the Tudor and Elizabethan period, inspiring children with practical activities and hands-on exploration. We can give you a great starting point, a boost in the middle of the topic or a fantastic end and round up of the period.
These workshops can be run individually, specialising in a particular age or topic, or as a combined look at the whole early modern period.
Topics covered could include:
A personal visit from Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn or Elizabeth I OR
A visit from a Tudor commoner to learn about the life of the every day Tudor
Family Fortunes: Henry VIII, his wives and children
Mary and Elizabeth – sibling rivalry to the extreme!
Music and dancing
Religion and Reformation; the Dissolution of the Monasteries
Hunting and falconry
Artifact handling and hands-on activities
Warfare and weapons: from longbows to muskets
Medicine and surgery: kill or cure!
Shakespeare – “The Play’s The Thing…”
Potato! Exploration and trade from China to America
Courtesy and etiquette – could you survive in a Royal Palace?
Daily life of the rich and poor
Bonnets, flat caps and ruffs: Tudor and Elizabethan clothing
The British Empire Ltd – how to take over half the world’s trade in one easy lesson
We can also include any specific topic focus or questions that you are working on, just let us know!
What size groups do you cater for?
From small SEN and home-school groups to week-long whole-school history festivals, we can tailor activities to all ages and stages of learning.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes, we have a wide range of practical hands-on activities and games that are suitable for SEN children. We will also work with you to plan the day and take into account any special considerations so that all children can access the day to their full ability.
We work at all key-stages from pre-school to university and everything in between. We can even organise INSET activities to help you prepare for the topic, or provide team-building days for your staff.
Contact us now for more information and a no-obligation, all-in quotation with no hidden costs.
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