Our workshop on the Vikings in Scotland gives pupils a chance to handle objects and try out some Viking activities.

Classes: P3–7
Cost: £75
Timings: 10:30/12:30 (75 mins)
Dates available: Between August 2019 – June 2020 

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How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Maximum capacity 33 children. Please split your class into three groups before your visit and assign one adult to each group. The groups will work through three activities as part of the workshop, moving around three stations. The adult will remain at the same activity and the children will move each time. The adults will be given a few minutes to familiarise themselves with the activity at the start of the workshop.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Pupils will look at replica objects to uncover how the Vikings lived in Scotland. Through hands-on activities, discover more about how archaeologists uncover real Viking stories. The session will include:

  • A mystery object activity
  • Three group activities for pupils to work on including: learning how to trade by re-enacting a Viking market stall, using evidence to uncover the story of a Viking child living in Scotland, and exploring daily life objects to find out more about Vikings. Download the teacher and adult helper notes beforehand to familiarise yourself with these activities.

Please be aware that pupils will look at images of real skeletons and Viking graves as part of this workshop. If you would like to find out more about this beforehand, please get in touch schools@nms.ac.uk

Useful resources and activities

Curriculum links






I can communicate clearly when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning, using selected resources as required.

LIT 1-10a

I am developing confidence when engaging with others within and beyond my place of learning. I can communicate in a clear, expressive way and I am learning to select and organise resources independently.

LIT 2-10a

Social Studies


I understand that evidence varies in the extent to which it can be trusted and can use this in learning about the past.

SOC 1-01a

I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.

SOC 2-01a


By exploring places, investigating artefacts and locating them in time, I have developed an awareness of the ways we remember and preserve Scotland’s history.

SOC 1-02a

I can interpret historical evidence from a range of periods to help to build a picture of Scotland’s heritage and my sense of chronology.

SOC 2-02a


I can use evidence to recreate the story of a place or individual of local historical interest.

SOC 1-03a

I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society.

SOC 2-03a


I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting.

SOC 1-04a

I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.

SOC 2-04a

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