Viking Warriors and Norse Settlers


Session Duration: 2 Hours

Discover where the Vikings came from and what they looked like

Explore how they navigated across the seas, how they lived and what happened to them?

Learn about the clothing that the Norse settlers wore in West Cumbria and get the chance to dress up in some examples.

Hear about local Viking place names and what they mean.

Interactive learning

Hear about stories and poetry heard by Vikings over a thousand years ago, help re-enact a myth about Thor and his hammer and have fun with Viking riddles or ‘kennings’.
Touch some of the weapons that were used in Viking raids and in times of warfare and hold everyday items used at home.
Discuss the reasons why the Scandinavians left their homelands permanently to settle abroad and how they traded.
See realistic costumes of Viking Warriors and settlers from 1000 years ago.

Session led by Museum Learning Officer.
Replica objects include Child Sized Conical Helmet, Scales, Ingots, Weights, Navigation Equipment, Sundial, Cauldron, Tripod, Child Dress and Tunic, Brooches, Bead Necklace, Bow, Arrows, Axe, Sword, Shield.

Pre and post session activity suggestions supplied with every booking.

Viking artefact loan box available to be booked separately

Curriculum Links and STEAM

Design and Technology • Identifying and working with a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients (KS1/2)

• Examining technologies used when manufacturing objects such as combs, shoes, tools and jewellery (KS2)
• Learning how the working characteristics of materials relate to the way materials are used (KS2)
• Examining how and why things work, and making comparisons with modern day objects (KS1/2)
Mathematics • Using and applying mathematics in practical tasks (KS1/KS2)
• Putting familiar events in chronological order (KS1/2)
• Using standard units of length, weight and capacity (KS1/2)
• Approaching mathematics calculations and problems relating to money and methods of payment when participating in trading activities (KS2)
• Selecting and using appropriate data-handling skills when solving problems (KS2)
History • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and how these concepts are used to make connections, draw contrasts, and frame historically valid questions (KS1/2)
• Understanding methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims, and how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed (KS1/2)
• Gaining historical perspective by placing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales (KS1/2)
• Developing an awareness of the past and the passing of time, and how events fit within a chronological framework (KS1), establishing narratives within and across the periods of study (KS2)
• Identifying similarities and differences between the way of life in different periods. (KS1/2)
• Understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented (KS1), constructing their knowledge of the past from a range of sources (KS2)
• Learning about significant events and people in local, national and global history (KS1)
• Acquiring knowledge about the following historical periods: changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age;the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons; the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor (KS2)
• Carrying out a local history study and a study of an aspect or theme in British history beyond 1066 (KS2)
English • Speaking and Listening: developing skills in listening to others, questioning, and using drama to convey information (KS1/KS2)
• Speaking and Listening: use discussion in order to learn; being able to elaborate and explain clearly understanding and ideas (KS1/KS2)
• Reading: being introduced to a wide range of written materials, learning new vocabulary and inferring meaning from texts, understanding literary devices in story and sagas (KS1/KS2) as well as distinguishing between statements of fact and opinion and retrieving and recording information from non-fiction (KS2)
• Writing: developing skills and knowledge to use correct form, layout, vocabulary and style in letter writing and other forms of written communication (KS2)
Other Curriculum links
Geography, Citizenship, Art and Design

To book a session please contact the Learning and Public Engagement Manager or phone on 01946 529302

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