EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH: OPTIONS

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH VISITS
 


HALF DAYS: HOW IT WORKS

 
With our Half Day option, you can have our Viking Sigwulf, Anglo-Saxon Manni, or Roman Legionary Atticus/Auxiliary Ariovistus drop in for the morning (or afternoon) and introduce you to the world they live in.
 
Once we’ve introduced ourselves to the class – covering who we are, what we do, and where we come from - we like to give an overall coverage of the period, using a variety of replica objects to illustrate different aspects of everyday life. This is in part because of how closely linked many of the topics are.
N.B. Half days do not include Battle Drill. 

 


 
 
TOPIC OUTLINES

 
HEARTH & HOME, FOOD & DRINK, AND FASHION:
 
During this section we explain historical dwellings, describing just how bad the house was compared to modern day living but how domestic and cosy it could also be.
 
Children are often most entertained to learn that many of their favourite foods were not known to the Vikings and Romans; in fact many teachers are quite surprised to learn what animals we take for granted aren’t introduced to Britain until the Norman period. We take a brief look at what might be on the menu.
 
We also take a look at some of the fashions that men, women and children would wear. How did women wear their hair? How do men fasten their cloaks? What is a toga for? And what are those funny things wrapped around Vikings' legs?

 
 
TRAVEL AND TRADE/SHIPS AND SEAFARING:
 
Obviously having looked at where your visitor came from and how they lived, it makes sense to touch on the subject of how they got where they did, and how they made a living; after all it wasn’t all raiding and pillaging – just how did the Vikings and Romans make a living?
 
 
RELIGION AND THE GODS:
 
Often schools are interested and surprised to learn of the various different beliefs held amongst the Vikings and Romans. Not all were Pagans, and not all were Christians. This subject covers the conversion of many, and how those who didn’t held on to the old ways and their numerous deities. How many Gods can your class name?
 
 
VIKING WEDDING (VIKING ONLY):
 
Two unsuspecting children are married off in the eyes of Odin and Freyja, and just like Viking life, they don’t get to choose who they marry. A simple ceremony that explains how marriages were arranged for familial gain, how women and men held equal rights, and even how easy it could be to divorce should you wish. This piece only lasts around 10 minutes but can be good fun.






FULL DAYS: HOW IT WORKS
 
Our Full Day Outreach sessions offer twice as much historical fun!
With the option to bring in some friends to help, we can cater for more children at a time (see table below).
 
Like the Half Day, we start with an introduction to your guests, before moving on to handling a broad range of historical objects from their everyday lives. The afternoon session sees us focusing on topics of your choice through two, hour-long, workshops which cover some of the bigger topics and get the kids doing as well as thinking. These include Anglo-Saxon and Viking Epics & Sagas, Games & Pastimes, and the ever-popular Weapons & Warfare! (These are outlined in the next section).
 
Whilst Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Viking Days follow the same format and many topics are applicable to all, please note that, at this time, some workshops by their nature might only be available for one historical period.

 

Sample Outreach Day

Time (approx.)

Activity

Outline

9:15 - 10.00

Arrival/Setup

Your Visitors sign in, set up and change into costume.

10:00 - 10:50

Introduction

This time is spent introducing your historical Visitors and the world they live in; who they are, where they come from, what they do and what they wear.

10:50 - 11:10

Break

 

11:10 - 12:00

Object Handling

A range of topics are touched on here with replica artefacts pertaining to Travel & Trade, Food & Drink &c. to act as focus points.

12:00 - 1:00

Dinner

 

1:00 - 1:50

Option 1

 

 

For the afternoon sessions, you can choose which topics we focus on. Choose two from:

·Weapons & Warfare

·Sagas/Legends (Viking & Roman respectively)

·Iron Age Britons/"Celts" (Roman only)

·Games & Pastimes*

1:50 - 2:00

Break

2:00 - 2:40

Option 2

2:40 - 2:50

Q&A/Conclusion

We find it useful to round up the day with a Question and Answer session to tie up loose ends, with a recap of the key facts the children have learned.

2:50 - 3:00

Pack up/Depart

 

  *Please see below for a more detailed outline of each topic.

 
Please note that timings are approximate: we can arrange our sessions around your timetable if required.
 
 
 

WORKSHOP OUTLINES
 
Afternoon Sessions
 
 
WEAPONS & WARFARE:
 
This session looks at the various weapons of the time and how they were best used in times of confrontation. Depending on the class size there may be a chance for them to handle one or two of the weapons on display. This can also be expanded to include...


BATTLE DRILL:

If teaching in a suitable location e.g. School Hall or Playing Field, we recommend Battle Drill as it gets the kids up and moving around a lot. What can be a lot of fun is if you choose to make your own shields beforehand!*

*N.B. Making your own shields is essential during a Roman visit.
 
 
GAMES & PASTIMES:
 
Quite simply this topic looks at some of the more popular games from the age which many will be unfamiliar with: board games such as Anglo-Saxon and Viking Hnefatafl (King's Table) and Roman Merills (Nine Men’s Morris), Knuckle Bones, and a simple dice game played through the ages. Depending on the size and age of the group - and time constraints - we can either demonstrate the games, or better yet take a full session to actually teach the class how to play and split them into groups and let them play the games themselves.

 
EPICS/SAGAS/LEGENDS (ANGLO-SAXON, VIKING & ROMAN RESPECTIVELY):
 
A good afternoon session, this teaches the children all about how people passed on news, entertained themselves, and even recorded their own history and early beginnings – such as the stories of the gods – in a fun way that gets the kids acting, and enjoying themselves whilst still learning.


ONEGAR BUILDING (ROMAN ONLY):

One of our most popular activities in schools is to spend time building a Roman Siege weapon called an Onegar (wild ass i.e. a feral donkey) from lollipop sticks and bottle tops, which the pupils get to keep at the end of the day. Northern Forge provides all the necessary materials.
 

IRON AGE BRITONS/“CELTS” (ROMAN ONLY):
 
Often neglected when talking of ‘Roman Britain’, we look at how those living outside of the cities may not have witnessed much of a change in their everyday lives. It is often forgotten that there were people inhabiting Britain long before the Romans arrived, and after they left too. Hear the other side of the story, and challenge what you think about the Romans and their achievements! How does a Briton dress; what did they eat; and what did they carry into battle? A good exercise to develop comparing and contrasting skills.
 


 
 
COSTING
(Academic Year 2016-17)
 
HALF DAYS
  
Half Days consist of one Historical Visitor (Viking, Anglo-Saxon, or Roman) visiting one class for 2 hours. 
 
Prices start from £140 for one session, or £220 should you choose to book two back-to-back sessions (i.e. have us meet one class in the morning and another in the afternoon.) saving your school £60.


 
FULL DAYS
 
For a full day outreach session with one of our historical characters, it costs £220 for 30 children (approx. one class), and the session will last from 10am to 3pm. Any extra children above the 30 mark will be charged at £3.50 per head.
 
If you want a further Roman/Anglo-Saxon/Viking visitor the charge is a flat rate of £80 per Visitor (recommended for larger groups).

 



One Class - £220

Two Classes - £300

Three Classes - £380

91+ children?


A full day with one class (up to 30 children).

Extra pupils over the initial 30 will be charged at £3.50 per head. 


A full day with two classes (up to 60 children).

Extra pupils over the initial 30 per class will be charged at £3.50 per head. 


A full day with three classes (up to 90 children).

Extra pupils over the initial 30 per class will be charged at £3.50 per head. 



More than three classes? Please contact us for prices to discuss options such as multiple days &c.

Inc. 1 x Character

Inc. 2 x Characters

Inc. 3 x Characters

4 x Characters*

Optional Extra Characters +£80 each.*

  *Subject to availability.

   
Also if you are based outside of Yorkshire in the neighbouring counties, please get in touch first for fees and travel expense rates; if you are from even further afield we will still consider travelling to your school, or perhaps you would be interested in our online outreach sessions (see below).

 
HOW TO BOOK

Give us a call or email! Please have the following details on hand:

-          Name of the school, and a contact number
-          Number of children
-          Age of children/ year of class
-          Preference of topics for afternoon slots
-          Whether you are likely to have access to a school hall or if you would prefer separate classrooms.

We can then give you a detailed price quote, and work out how best to organise your day.

Upon booking, these and other details will be verified by means of a confirmation form we will ask you to fill out and return to us ahead of the visit. 

 

Questions are encouraged throughout the day, indeed, if you would like your class to prepare questions before our visit then that is fine too. Some teachers like a designated Q&A segment.
 


For more information email us at info.northernforge@gmail.com or give us a call on 07716 141 787
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