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School Visits

Vikings in the classroom: Key Stage 2 (KS2)

Ydalir Vikings have an educational programme for schools in the Greater Manchester area in support of the National Curriculum KS2: Invaders and Settlers. Members of our experienced team will visit your school in full Viking dress, and lead a half or full-day session which can be tailored to suit your needs.

Sessions can cover the origin and settlements of the Vikings, social structures, domestic life, law and government, folklore and religion, textiles, games, combat, and art and craft. We bring reproduction artefacts which the children can handle, and can arrange hands-on sessions in authentic viking crafts, giving each child something to take away with them.

We have produced a teacher's resource pack to support the visit, giving lots of ideas both for preparing for a visit, and for follow-up work.

Ydalir Vikings schools team for KS2

The Ydalir Vikings schools team was formed in 1996 in order to address the needs of the KS2 Vikings topic, drawing upon our members wealth of experience from school visits during the previous ten years, and from a range of educational programmes run by other organisations.

Our joint experience and knowledge of the viking period is vast and eclectic, and classroom discussions have ranged from such diverse subjects as de-forestation in tenth century Norway to the rôle of children and inheritance laws.

We have worked, as a team and individually, with such organisations as:

  • The British Museum
  • Liverpool Museum
  • Red Rose Forest
  • Bolton Council
  • B.T.C.V.
  • The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
  • Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit
  • Penwortham Environment Education Centre

All members of the Ydalir Vikings schools team possess a minimum of a CRB standard disclosure certificate.