Vikings! We visit the school in the personae of Ragnar Eriksson, raider at the time of the first Viking raids, and Helskegga Jomsdottir.
The children will meet Ragnar fully armed and armoured with helmet, shield, sword, two-handed axe, maille shirt, spear, seax, cloak and accessories. Very dramatic as he leaps into action, straight off the dragon boat!
The children are each given a real Viking name for the day and learn how to write their new name using the Futhark (runes).
Then we discuss the known world with a period map, investigate local town and village names with Viking origins, trade goods with Viking lands, examine food and drink, do some object handling, compare and contrast lifestyles then and now, dressing up activities, military weapons and armour.
Activities that all the pupils can try include making butter, battle tactics, grinding corn, fire-lighting with flint and steel, and making a real Viking coin (one per child if budget allows).
Plus much more, including Viking games Kubb and Hnafetafl, and rune writing.
Children can learn some warrior battle tactics and pose in front of our great battle scene:
Finish the day with myths and legends including the Aesir, Asgard and Midgard, Bifrost, Valhalla and finally Ragnarok.