Vicious Vikings | School Holidays Workshop | Thursday 9th January 2020
Strictly Ages 6-12
Explore Viking engineering, navigation and how they accumulated wealth through plunder and conquest. Fasten yourself a trusty axe and shield then engage in the delicate art of shield warfare. Be reborn with your own Viking name and learn about their cuisine, customs and society.
830-915: Arrival, registration, meet and greet
915-945: Participants organised into Viking crews and assigned costumes. Corps then establish a base using tarps, sticks and cloth which will be their area through the day. Crews can decorate the area with props provided, each crew will be given a chest with clothes, props and other dark ages materials.
945-1015: The Viking World. Using chalk, ground mapping and story telling Dave will outline the history and scope of the Viking world, including the surprising reach of the Vikings into the Middle East and South Asia. We’ll also establish the series of measurements essential to calibrate our solar compass so we can find our way home.
1015-1045: Morning tea
1045-1145: Axe, shield and mace making and runic writing. Using the foam axe blanks, participants will craft and personalise their own Iron age weaponry. Using the shields as a surface each participant will design and paint their own runic message and motto using historical examples as inspiration. We’ll also provide stones for participants to create their own set of fortune telling runestones.
1145-1230: Story telling and solar navigation. First we’ll tell an exciting story from the Viking myths and legands, then using our solar compass we’ll establish the basics of Viking avigation skills including making a northstone.
1330-1400: Viking fun and games. We’ll practice some of the games that got he Vikings through those long winter’s nights.
1430-1515: Using our weapons we’ll learn the basic moves of Viking shield walls and personal combat. These will then be tested in some safe bouts using padded weapons and wearing fencing helmets and padded gloves. This section will also involve a demonstration of medieval fighting using steel weapons by trained stunt fighters. We’ll then build a redoubt from boxes and then attempt to breach the defences, launching wet sponges in a series of team activities.
1515-1600: Packing up. After a successful campaign, every Viking crew knows to pack up their camp, load the boat and set off on our next voyage. We’ll pack down before looting the nearest monastery and heading home.
About the Instructor
Award-winning Dave Harrington of Stone and Bones is a qualified ethno-botanist and ecologist, specialising in education and science.
Throughout his career he has lectured and collaborated with numerous schools and organisations such as Macquarie University, UTS, UNSW, Australian Catholic University, The Catholic Education Office and numerous high schools throughout Australia
Among his many accomplishments he has worked closely Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Northern NSW regions in collaborative projects aimed to record and preserve Aboriginal culture and practices.
His UNSW lecture series The Science of Indigenous Knowledge profiled the scientific method and practices of indigenous people.
Dave has also lectured at Yalbalinga, the Australian Catholic University's Indigenous Unit where he has taught science for school teachers.
Recipient of the:
Eureka Science Award
The Macquarie University Partnerships award
The National Australian Learning
The Teaching Council Award.