Stories and Music from our Viking Past,
Viking Artefacts, Singing, Harping, Horn-Blowing
and much more . . .
as seen on: Channel 4 Time Team, Channel 4 Schools at Work, BBC 2 Zig Zag Timelines
Let a tenth-century Viking settler and storyteller invade your classroom with stories, music, songs and Viking paraphernalia.
It’s a fascinating and exciting journey into the past you will never forget.
Thorolf, I can bring the benefits of a lifetime's study of the Viking
world into your classroom;
my aim is not just to inform, but also inspire and enlighten.
THE VIKING VISIT
Thorolf's Viking Visits are designed to complement the National Curriculum Invaders and Settlers topic for Key Stage 2 (KS2) in England and Wales, and the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish Schools.
You can either opt for one of two standard Viking day visits, The Storytelling Day and The Interactive Day, or choose Thorolf’s Day which is the mix of sessions I feel allows most schools to get the most out of my visit. You can also choose from a range of sessions to plan your own day to fit your individual teaching needs. Or, because one day never seems quite enough, you can have it all over the course of two days! Needless to say, The Storytelling Day includes interactive elements, just as The Interactive Day also includes stories.
Both The Storytelling Day and The Interactive Day begin with a similar introductory sessions:
THE MEETING: The children are summoned by a blast of the horn, and enter to the sound of Thorolf’s music, and the sight of Thorolf in Viking clothing. Thorolf then greets them in Old Norse, and teaches them to do the same. We look briefly at the linguistic legacy of the Vikings, and imagine what it would be like if we really stepped back in time.WHAT DO YOU KNOW? We take an overview of Viking life and history, by probing for what the children already know, and then adding more detail and colour.
The Storytelling Day:MYTHS OF THE GODS: The Norse myths form a wonderful way to introduce the idea of Viking religion. Thorolf tells magical tales of gods, giants, ancient kings and legendary heroes. A vast stock of sagas and stories from Viking times, from high tragedy to divine buffoonery. Always popular and always more to tell.
MUSIC AND DANCE: Learn to sing and dance the way the Vikings did a thousand years ago. Discover their musical instruments and explore the science of sound through lyre-harp, flutes, horn, pipe and drum. This session includes a saga tale, as well as insights into Viking measurements and how to fish like a Viking!
VIKING LAW: Learn how Viking law was made, kept and broken. Children have the opportunity to take part in role play and act out a Viking lawsuit as told in an Icelandic saga. They learn that law was important to the Vikings, but that their laws were made to fit a different way of life; in the process, they also learn something about how law works today.
The Interactive Day:SHIELD-MAKING: Work from Viking drawings to create your own shield-design, and make your own shield.
VIKING FOOD: What did the Vikings eat and why? Learn just how important bread was in the Viking diet. Grind corn into flour with a quern to make Viking flatbread.Use milk and rennet to make ‘skyr’ - the Viking cheese. The full session requires the use of an oven.
BATTLE LINES: Learn about how the Vikings really fought, and line up ready to do battle! What weapons did the Vikings use and how? Thorolf brings out shield, spear, helm and shield. Children can use the shields they made earler in the day to make up a shieldwall, while their classmates learn how to outmanoeuvre them.
A mix of sessions drawn from both the Interactive and Storytelling Days (for descriptions of sessions, please see above):
WHAT DO YOU KNOW?MYTHS OF THE GODS.
MUSIC AND DANCE.
VIKING FOOD: Grind corn into flour with a quern (no cheesemaking)
Throughout both days there will also be opportunity for:
LOOKING AT ARTEFACTS: Thorolf brings a variety of Viking objects into school, many of which are referred to through the day. Talking about these objects (including clothing) sheds light on Viking life. Questions are welcomed.
QUESTION AND ANSWER: Questions are always very welcome, and I always try to leave extra time for an opportunity to tie up any loose ends. The children can ask anything they want, and get an answer to whatever has been puzzling them.
Two-day Visits:Visits of more than one day can also include a Feast, a class-led Assembly or both.
THE FEAST: A chance to put it all together and celebrate what we have learned and done. Hang the hall with decorative shields, sing new songs, ask riddles, dance, eat and drink - a great culmination for visits of more than one day.
THE ASSEMBLY: The class can share what they have learned with the rest of the school. I usually work with whatever format is already familiar to the children, and I'm happy to make contributions, but this session is really about the children showing their own knowledge and achievements.
Thorolf the Viking
Thorolf is portrayed by Viking expert Thor Ewing, who has many years’ experience working with children in schools across the England, Scotland and Wales. Thor has made a lifelong study of Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic and Medieval culture, and has written books and articles on Viking life and culture; he is an award-winning translator of Viking poetry. His costume performances bring to life 1000 years of history from the Anglo-Saxons through Vikings, Normans, and the Middle Ages up to Tudor times and beyond.
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It’s a Viking Experience to remember!