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.
THE VIKING VISIT
Thorolf's Viking Visits are designed to complement the National Curriculum Invaders and Settlers topic for Key Stage 2 (KS2).
A typical day with Thorolf will usually include:
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.
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 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.
BATTLE LINES: Learn about how the Vikings really fought, and line up ready to do battle!
Throughout the day 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.
Other exciting Viking options are:
RUNES: Learn how to use the 16-letter Viking alphabet, and write your own name in runes.ART: Work from Viking drawings to create your own shield-design, then make and use Viking paint to colour it.
COOKING: Make ‘skyr’ - the Viking cheese - and flatbread. We can also make a seasonal vegetable porridge and a meaty stew, both seasoned with Viking spices.
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.
Half-day sessions are also available, if you want to split the day with another local school.
Thorolf the Viking
Thorolf is portrayed by Viking expert Thor Ewing, who has many years’ experience working with children in schools across the country. Thor has made a lifelong study of Viking, Anglo-Saxon 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!