Saxon / Viking

Bring history to life with an educational experience to be remembered!

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Meet our ancestors – period-costumed characters ‘Cuthbearht’ the Saxon Thegn or ‘Cuthred’ the Viking raider. Suitable for all age groups and presented in a fun and informative way. Children react very well to seeing how people really lived and our workshops are delivered in character using accurate period costume and a small museums worth of objects!

From everyday items used in food preparation, clothes and jewellery, through to weapons and tools. All reproduction items we use strive for accuracy but we even bring real ancient objects into school – let the museum come to you!

Children learn in a very direct way when looking at, and handling, actual objects which really bring-to-life what life was like so long ago.

We offer a wide range of presentations and workshops across this exciting subject:

  • Whole school presentations of the timeline 8/9th Century . Delivered in costume and supported by a great variety of objects.
  • Focus on one era / culture: Saxon / Viking with more hands-on activities (see below).
  • Individual classroom sessions. A suggested minimum of 1 hours per class group due to the large amount of subjects and information that can be delivered. Looking at, handling and discussing the various objects and their uses is very educational but can take quite a while!
  • Activities can include: Saxon word games and Riddles. A reading of Beowulf. Pottery (air dry). Making and painting a card shield / sword. Butter churning. Grinding corn with a quern. Making beaded jewellery (extra charges will apply). And many more – please ask!

We recommend that for best retention of the workshop contents we will present a series (4-6) sessions to a single year group throughout the school day. Alternatively each session could be a single class group of no more than 30 pupils and should last a minimum of 45 minutes. Ideally we will be situated in the school hall and the pupils come to visit us in class groups throughout the day.

We can work with one year group split into various activities or deliver an introduction to the subject to a maximum of 6 groups within a school day.

We will work with you to ensure we deliver the maximum number of sessions throughout the school day.

Here’s what a school near Aylesbury thought after meeting ‘Cuthbearht’:

“Thank you Cuthbert, as a class, we have put together this email, to thank you for giving us an amazing, spectacular day.

Here are some of the things we really loved and enjoyed,
  • trying to solve the riddles
  • different ways to use an axe in battle
  • learning about the animals they had
  • what they ate and drank
  • how they got their name

Here are some quotes from us

” I really enjoyed learning the language of the Saxons”
” our learning will help us know what happened in the past,for example using the swords”
“I really enjoyed hearing the story of Beowulf, especially the gruesome parts”
Thank you once again. All in 4E.”