Anglo Saxon Workshop

    • The saddest thing about any man is that he be ignorant, and the most exciting thing is that he knows.

      Alfred the Great
  • A warrior is buried in a Viking Ship Burial at Capel St Mary Primary School

    A Ship Burial at Capel St Mary Primary School

    I am writing to say a huge thank you to you and Julia for the amazing day last week. The effort, energy and passion that you both put into all of the activities was incredible; you had the children engaged, enthused and, at some points, spellbound!
    Your resources and artefacts are wonderful, and particularly impressive, given the fact that you make many items yourself. You were able to provide knowledge and experience to the children that we simply would not have been able to do within the parameters of a ‘normal lesson’.

    — Hamsey Green
  • The Anglo Saxon age (circa 410 – 1066AD) was the time when the country we now call England was born.  Previously a Roman territory with a predominantly Celtic population, the Anglo Saxon settlement changed everything: the language, the culture, the religion, even the way society was organised.

    Having a workshop led by experts is a great way to engage the children and fire their imagination for the subject.  We aim to give an all round view of the period by concentrating on the lives of ordinary Anglo Saxons – warriors, farmers, women and children – but can also focus on a particular area if required.

    Whether you’re studying immigration and settlement, the conversion to Christianity, Alfred the Great, the Battle of Hastings, or anything in between, we can help the children answer all the important questions and feed their creativity right through to the end of the topic.

     

    Some of the topics we can cover:

    • Who were the Anglo Saxons and where were they from?
    • Time line
    • Immigration and settlement
    • Daily life including food and clothing
    • Money and trade
    • War and Conquest
    • The Gods: Religion and Mythology, Paganism and the conversion to Christianity
    • Entertainment - stories and games
    • Crafts and skills
    • Writing: runes, manuscripts and the birth of English
    • Names – people and places
    • Life and Death - A pagan Anglo Saxon burial
  • Structure of the day

    The days are run on a modular basis with the possibility of covering around 6 – 10 topics in a day, depending on how in-depth you would like each activity to be.  Each module has a hands-on element to keep the children engaged – we try to avoid too much “standing at the front and talking”.

    We work around your existing timetable for minimum distruption.  Factors such as the size of the group, the key-stage, the available space, and any behavioural issues will help us decide how to organise the day.  We can often take groups of up to 90 for the whole day as our activities are designed to keep both small and large groups occupied.  Sometimes it may be better suited to split the group into two and do two sessions, morning and afternoon.  We prefer not to take more than 60 children per half day so as not to slow down the activities such as handling artefacts and trying on helmets. 

    For KS1, or if you have a high number of SEN/SBN children within the group it is advisable to keep the group numbers as low as possible to allow additional time for exploration of objects and to help with concentration.

    We try to make sure that no single activity runs for more than 45 mins to keep concentration levels high.  Within activities there are often several parts so that children are not expected to be sitting still for more than 15 mins at a time.

    Activities are designed to develop an understanding of concepts such as chronology; culture; historical enquiry; beliefs, morals and ethics, and can tie in to other areas of the curriculum.  We also schedule discussion/question time to encourage investigation and questioning skills.

     

  • Unlike some other companies, we quote the total amount you will pay inclusive of insurances, travel costs, equipment/materials, display items etc. for the whole group; there will be no unexpected costs!

  • Save yourself the expense and logistical nightmare of going on a trip: bring an Anglo Saxon into your school for a fraction of the cost of a day out.  The children will get to handle authentic replica artefacts, hold real (blunt!) weapons and try on armour. They can take part in role play, find out about the life of a Anglo Saxon, learn about culture, society and status, play physical and mental games, discover how we learn about the past, and be fully engaged for the entire duration of the workshop.

    It’s simpler, cheaper and more interactive than a museum trip, and the best part is that you won’t lose any children in the gift shop!

  • What you can expect from us

    • Professional, authentically dressed expert visitors with extensive knowledge of the Viking age.
    • Interactive, hands-on activities and a fun presentation style.
    • Activities to suit your focus, whether a general overview of the times or a specific area of study.
    • Capacity for up to 90 children in one day, or multi-day visits for larger groups.
    • Reliability: we strive to provide excellent, reliable service to our customers and have back-up visitors should disaster strike.
    • Pre-visit consultation to ensure the day runs smoothly and in accordance to your needs.
    • A timetable agreed in advance of the day.
    • Full risk assessments provided for all activities.
    • Public and Employers Liability Insurance up to £5 million.
    • Compliance with school regulations.
    • All lead visitors are DBS checked.  Occasionally we may bring a trainee or assistant who is not yet checked (this is legal and within Ofsted requirements).  Schools are advised to check at the time of booking if this will be against school-specific policy.
    • Invoice in the company name for easy admin.
  • What we need from you

    • A named contact with whom we can have pre-visit communication to establish your requirements.
    • Space: having a hall available for most of the day is ideal, but we can work around assemblies, lunch set-up etc.  If weather is good we can take some activities outside but it's best to plan for all possibilities! 
    • Enough adults to help with supervision of the children.  We would not expect to be left in sole charge of the group at any time.
    • A parking space!  It is also useful if we can get as close to the building as possible as we bring heavy and often cumbersome artefacts that will need to be unloaded.
    • Some tables and space to set up our display.
    • Somewhere to get changed into costume.
    • Somewhere secure to store artefacts if we are required to leave them at e.g. lunchtime.
    • Tea/coffee (the MOST important requirement)!
  • For more information or to discuss your requirements

    Email us on dom@vikingschoolvisits.com