Anglo Saxon School Visits

The Anglo Saxon school visit can be booked for one or several classes for a full day or a half day.  The costs quoted can cover one or both Specialists to come into local schools (please see our Terms and Conditions) – unless the booking is particularly required on a day when one of us is already booked.

Below is an outline of a typical Anglo Saxon Visit.

Children are summoned by horn-blowing.  Everyday clothing, objects and way of life are discussed.

Some of the kit for our well established Viking day fits into the Anglo Saxon visit too.

Warrior Session

Anglo Saxon Warrior

This session offers the opportunity for children to learn about weaponry of the time.  Volunteers are also involved in handling various authentic objects most of which are of museum quality.  Children will learn how to handle shields and may even try on the Anglo Saxon helmet.

Folk Moot

Folk Moot inc. Dancing

An opportunity to gather together to handle important local matters!.  Children will be subjected to a range of trials utilising techniques from Drama.  Then everybody learns a communal dance.

Broochmaking

Broochmaking

This simple, teacher-led session incorporates art/DT and facilitates the Specialist policy of working with large numbers of children throughout the school day at no extra cost.

Writing With Quill Pens

This teacher-led session compares the writing with runes of the common man with the quill pens used by Anglo Saxon monks.  It can be left as a follow up on days where Gregric is booked for a single class.

Pastimes, Toys & Games

Pastimes, Toys & Games

Children will have the opportunity to play games such as Knucklebones, Fivestones and Dice.  We bring a class set of solid wood Nine Men’s Morris boards for children to challenge each other.  Optionally, children may also make their own Three Men’s Morris game.

Storytelling

Storytelling

We end the day with a myth told in oral tradition, combined with more interactive storytelling as a whole group.  All of the children join in, playing simple parts in a light-hearted tale.

We, Greg and Lisa, work fully in role as Anglo Saxon settlers. This means that we use our subject knowledge to respond to questions and talk as Anglo Saxons would do.  To achieve this we use a medieval-flavoured pattern of speech to lend a realistic feel to our words whilst remaining clear enough for children to understand.  This historical interpreter’s commitment to authenticity is tempered with a teacher’s sense of appropriateness though – so we do not swear (as some reenactors will in school, claiming that this was the way it was!).

Our focus is on the educational experience for the children and what serves them best, so the sessions are interactive and involve everyone.The overall experience for children is then an immersive one where they feel they have truly met an Anglo Saxon and gained a picture of Anglo Saxon life.  The sessions are interactive and involve all of the children.

Prices

The costs quoted below cover the service which can be delivered by one or two Specialists, dependent on your area and other factors (please see our Terms and Conditions).  Full days can be booked up to one hour’s drive from our base.  Reduced full days, half days and bookings where both Specialists are required can take place in schools up to forty minutes drive from our base.

Full Day – (One Specialist, 9am-3pm)

The full day rate is £275.00 from Autumn 2019 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from CV13 0DZ)

Reduced Full Day – (One Specialist, 10am-3pm)

The reduced full day rate is £225.00 from Autumn 2019 plus mileage (55p per mile round trip from CV13 0DZ)

Full Day – Double Rate (Two Specialists)

The full day rate for two Specialists is £325.00 from Autumn 2019 plus mileage (£1.10 per mile round trip from CV13 0DZ)

Half day

Half days can incorporate some of the above sessions. The cost for ½ day is £180.00 from Autumn 2019 (55p per mile round trip from CV13 0DZ)

These rates are complete and there are no hidden costs.  The day is fully risk assessed and this can be emailed upon request.  Confirmation of booking is taken as a contract between the school and The Specialists and acceptance of our T & C’s.

Greg and Lisa McCarthy have many years of experience working with children. Greg is a teacher and Lisa a former Occupational Therapist in learning disabilities. Both have full CRB’s and public liability insurance.

Resources are meticulously researched and authentic to the period.  We will bring real animal hide and animal bone objects.  We understand if anyone is sensitive to this (Lisa is a vegetarian in real life!) but please be prepared.  Our bone replica artefacts really are made of bone – not plastic! 

Anglo Saxon school visits for education.  We provide a living history and reenactment service as historical interpreters focusing on the QCA Invaders and Settlers topic.  As re-enactors, we use storytelling, songs, dance, writing using runes and artefacts such as toys and games, brooches, full Warrior kit etc. to bring the excitement of real history to your classroom.

Some of the locations we travel to for our Anglo Saxon workshops are:

East-Midlands, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Leamington, Leicester, Hinckley, Nottingham, Coventry, Birmingham, Tamworth, Derbyshire, , Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Mansfield, Worksop, Newark, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Coalville, Lutterworth, Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough, Nuneaton,  Solihull, Warwick, Rugby, West Midlands.