We are once again be bringing our workshops into schools up and down the country!
We are of course very aware that even with schools open things will not be back to normal. We have therefore adjusted our workshops with new safety measures in place while restrictions apply. For a full statement on our Covid-19 Safe Working Practices, click here. A copy will also be sent out with our other information if you make an enquiry.
We also now offer virtual workshops which are live-streamed directly to you and your children both in the classroom and learning at home. It’s easy to access through Zoom and your children will still have the opportunity to speak to a “real” character from history.
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 the Second World War.
Our WWII workshops cover the period from 1939 to 1945 and handle the subject of war sensitively but still with humour. Children will experience that old wartime spirit that their grand- and great-grandparents might have known first hand! From the reasons for the war to how it ended, the children will learn about the life of a soldier on the front as well as the lives of those who stayed behind. Air raids, gas masks, rationing and evacuation - the life of a child during the Second World War was very different from what children experience in Britain today.
We bring authentically made replica and original artefacts into school and our costumed workshop leaders will give you a day full of fun activities and hands-on experiences.
Our workshops are designed to give a good overall view of the period leading up to and including the 1939-45 war and immediately afterwards, 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 on a particular topic, or as an overview of the period as a whole.
Topics covered could include:
A solider’s life – warfare and weapons from the Second World War
Causes of World War 2: never underestimate the power of a grudge
We can do it! Women in factories, farms and fighting behind the lines
Chronology and timeline
Heroes and villains: Hitler, Churchill and the world stage
Make do and mend: household life in Britain during the war
Keep Calm and Carry On: what would you do if you were invaded?
Where in the world..? Geography and landscapes of the war; deserts, mountains and jungles
Turn that light out! ARP wardens, Dad’s Army and the Home Front
Evacuation; a new life in the country?
Dig for victory! Could you grow your own food?
Rationing and recipes – only one egg a week!?
Wartime spirit: how hardship brought a nation together
The Science of war. Inventions and discoveries – rockets, medicine and computers
What next? How the war and its aftermath still affects our lives today.
We can also include any specific topic focus or questions that you are working on, just let us know!
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.
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.
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.
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