Year 4 children at Hazelwood Academy, Toothill got up close and personal with a Viking, complete with the accoutrements for his life, in January.
The immersion day to launch a history topic called Traders or Raiders, aimed to go behind the myths about the Vikings.
Erik Erikson of the Longship Company dressed in Viking casual clothing gave children the chance to see and touch his collection of swords, spears, axes, shields, armour and helmets, as well as clothing and animal hides.
Teacher and history specialist Liz Hodge said the day was an amazing experience.
“Erik talked with the children and got them fully involved in learning about the culture, the legends, the law and the rituals of the Viking period. They were able to handle the weapons, put on the heavy helmets and feel what it was like to wear real fur which Vikings had to keep warm.
“Having our own Viking come to us was so much better than spending hours on a coach to go to a museum and look at displays of artifacts.
“The children are really fired up – they’ll be talking about the visit for months. We’ll write our own sagas, create designs for tribal shields and investigate all aspects of Viking life to see if they really were the wild, aggressive people that history depicts them as, or people who wanted to trade rather than plunder.”
• Erik will have a leading role in the launch of the Viking exhibition at the British Museum in London in March. See a video
Find out about Erik Erikson at www.longship.co.uk