World War 1
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!
Experienced with all ages and abilities, we can also cater for SEND settings and Home School groups.
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 during World War One.
Our First World War workshops cover the period 1914 to 1918 and handle the topic of war sensitively whilst still engaging the children and making the day enjoyable for all. Children will get a feel for what life was like for the average British Tommy on the front as well as those left behind in Britain, and will unravel the complicated reasons as to why the war broke out. Respecting the contibutions of all the cultures around the world who took part in the war, we will also cover the peace process and how the whole world changed after Armistice day.
We bring authentically made replica artefacts into school and our costumed workshop leaders will give you a day full of engaging activities and hands-on experiences.
What activities are available during group visits?
World War One Workshops
Our workshops are designed to give a good overall view of the period leading up to, during, and after World War One, 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.
Topics covered could include:
Tommy – the life of a British soldier
Trench foot, gas attacks and influenza: medicine in WWI
Artefact handling and activities
Who was Franz Ferdinand? (Clue – not a band)
Food and rations in the trenches
War horses, war dogs and war pigeons: The animals of World War One
Life at home: what was it like for those who didn’t go to war?
Weapons and warfare
Causes of WW1, or, how did we end up at war with Queen Victoria’s nephew?
Armistice, the Treaty of Versaille and the League of Nations
All change! The face of the world after WW1
The war to end all wars…? How the First World War caused the Second.
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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