This workshop takes a look at where the Saxons came from, what life was like in Saxon England and the conflicts between the Saxons and the Vikings. What was life like for the ordinary Saxon, what did they eat, how did they live and what did their children do? We explore what would it have been like for a monk in a monastery under threat of attack by Vikings. We also give the story of Alfred the Great and how he formed England.
If required we can take a look at 1066 and the Battle of Hastings and also give an archery demonstration using a Saxon longbow.
There are lots of hands-on opportunities for children with the weapons and artefacts including a fabulous replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet and we also carry out Saxon shield and spear drill and learn Saxon words that we use derivatives of today.
What you should know:
All sessions are flexible; the minimum duration of a single workshop is around 1 hour and the maximum duration is half a day, so sessions can be tailored to suit your timetable and class numbers; we can deliver to whole school assemblies or smaller groups as required (e.g. 2x half day sessions, 3x 1.5hr sessions or 5x 1hr sessions etc.) and can even deliver 2 different topics in one day if required to benefit maximum number of pupils.
The weapons and equipment are heavy and can be dangerous, and can therefore only be handled if the students are orderly and there is room to do so.
An archery demonstration can be tagged on to this presentation if time permits but we require at least 75 metres of open grass to be able to shoot the longbow.
Our risk assessment, liability insurance cover and DBS certificate are available on request.
Films with Saxon thegn(5)