School Visitors' Area

Visitors!
This is your space, and will soon be full of lovely stuff to make your admin easier!

Please start by having a go at the customer satisfaction survey. This will shortly be something that will need to be completed by the teacher on the day. It will confirm that the visit has taken place successfully, flag up any issues, and prevent schools being able to argue over the quality of a visit (and payment!) after the fact.

Click here to have a go at the survey:

Comments are appreciated!

More stuff to follow :D
Dom
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Recommended resources for visitors:

British History Podcast (Free)
https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/
This is a brilliant podcast starting right at the end of the last ice age and going forward, so far, to Alfred vs Guthrum. Each episode is about 20-30 mins long and the presenter has a really good way of digging down to the underlying issues and concepts, rather than just making it a chronological list of dates. Can’t recommend this enough for those long journeys in the car to and from schools!
There’s also a members feed with additional episodes so if you do fancy splashing it’s about £4 per month through paypal. Well worth it in my opinion but otherwise the free eps are really good.
You can subscribe to the podcast from the website, using any podcasting app. I use Podkicker (free, just find it on your smartphone’s appstore) or of course iTunes if you’re an apple person. You can also listen directly from the website on a computer.

History of English Podcast (Free):
http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/
Another excellent podcast, covering the development of the English language right from proto-Indo-European through to (so far) Middle English. Fascinating and perfect for genning up on Old English and the Old Norse influence. It won’t teach you Old English but it’ll really help with interesting stuff for Anglo Saxon days!
He also offers a good audiobook (about £6) called Beowulf Deconstructed, which I found really useful and meant I didn’t have to read the original (Ssshhhh, don’t tell the teachers).

Tales from the Norse Legends (Free)
Audiobook of the Norse myths including the Creation of the world, Idunn’s Apples, How Thor Got His Hammer, The One With Loki And The Horse, and many others! Download it free here (for visitors only, this is my copy :p)
Norse legends audiobook

British History Podcast (Free)
https://www.thebritishhistorypodcast.com/
This is a brilliant podcast starting right at the end of the last ice age and going forward, so far, to Alfred vs Guthrum. Each episode is about 20-30 mins long and the presenter has a really good way of digging down to the underlying issues and concepts, rather than just making it a chronological list of dates. Can’t recommend this enough for those long journeys in the car to and from schools!
There’s also a members feed with additional episodes so if you do fancy splashing it’s about £4 per month through paypal. Well worth it in my opinion but otherwise the free eps are really good.
You can subscribe to the podcast from the website, using any podcasting app. I use Podkicker (free, just find it on your smartphone’s appstore) or of course iTunes if you’re an apple person. You can also listen directly from the website on a computer.

History of English Podcast (Free):
http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/
Another excellent podcast, covering the development of the English language right from proto-Indo-European through to (so far) Middle English. Fascinating and perfect for genning up on Old English and the Old Norse influence. It won’t teach you Old English but it’ll really help with interesting stuff for Anglo Saxon days!
He also offers a good audiobook (about £6) called Beowulf Deconstructed, which I found really useful and meant I can still get away with never having read the original (Ssshhhh, don’t tell the teachers).

Tales from the Norse Legends (Free):
Audiobook of the Norse myths including the Creation of the world, Idunn’s Apples, How Thor Got His Hammer, The One With Loki And The Horse, and many others! Download it free:
https://vikingschoolvisits.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Norse-legends-audiobook.zip

Odin & Thor: The Origins, History and Religious Evolution of the Norse Gods (£):
This is a really interesting book that focuses not so much on the stories themselves but the religious and historical development of the Norse Gods, with some really interesting background info. It’s under £5 for the audio or £7 for the paperback from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Odin-Thor-Origins-Religious-Evolution/dp/1492252069

Oxford University Audio Lectures on Old English, Anglo Saxon Verse etc. (Free):
Academic lectures from the English & History depts. of Oxford University.
https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/keywords/anglo-saxon

History of England Podcast (Free):
Less detailed than the British History Podcast but a good starter. Going right through from Anglo Saxons to present day but these are the episodes of interest to us:
https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/category/anglosaxons/
https://thehistoryofengland.co.uk/tag/viking/

Saga Thing Podcast (Free):
Two academics pull apart the Icelandic sagas and discuss the key points without you ever having to read them 😉 Good fun and lots of interesting tidbits that are dead useful to us, especially about culture, law and order, interpretation of texts etc.
https://sagathingpodcast.wordpress.com/