SV Educational Services Cumbria
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What are our Workshops like?
For a Fun Science visit we can offer up to 4 sessions during the day, including a mixture of workshops and shows. We try to be as flexible as possible and can come to each class for workshops if absolutely necessary, although shows are best performed in the school hall or theatre.
Workshops and shows are tailored to the age group receiving them. You can expect some very excited children as they learn science in a very fun way.
For a Midgard Living History day we have a standard morning and a choice of activities for the afternoon. Our characters usually order a school dinner, sit with the children and discuss the unusual meals they are eating.
What we offer
The SV in SV Educational Services stands for Science Viking. That is because we have two strands in the services we offer: science and history. Our Fun Science section brings a variety of science workshops and live science shows to your school. Midgard Living History features Bjarni Thorvaldrson, famous Viking raider and trader, and other historical characters who will bring history to life in your school.
Terry Harvey-Chadwick was a secondary school science teacher for eight years and has experience in public-facing historical interpretation going back almost 25 years.
What makes us a great choice?
Our science shows include The Fun Science Show, showing science through everyday objects, and The Fire Show: the name says it all and The Fire Show went down as the absolute schools favorite at The British Science Festival in 2013.
Midgard Living History really does bring history to life, in your own classroom. Our ever expanding line-up of historical characters incudes our own intrepid Viking, Bjarni Thorvaldrson, famous raider, trader and scourge of the Irish Sea, and Brother Mellitus, a medieval monk.
Bjarni has a wealth of tales and activities to help your children really understand what it was like to live in Viking times, and brings a wealth of replica artifacts that the children can handle, examine and use.
Brother Mellitus is a scribe and shows how to make and use authentic medieval ink and paints, while telling the tale of how the Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the early 8th century, although using the same recipes and techniques that were used through medieval and Tudor times, right through to the early 19th century.
For full details of our historical offering see the Midgard Living History website at http://www.midgardlivinghistory.co.uk
SV Educational Services will visit anywhere on the mainland UK at the stated fees. For visits necessitating ferries the extra fares will be added to the cost.
Group Sizes Catered For
For Fun Science workshops groups have a maximum size of 30, although slightly larger groups can be accommodated after discussion. Science shows can include the entire school.
For Midgard Living History days up to two classes can be combined for Viking days, but Brother Mellitus can only handle up to 30 children at once.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Fun Science workshop instructions and worksheets can be left with the class teacher upon request. After hours CPD sessions based upon The Fun Science Show demonstrations are available at extra charge.
Midgard Living History sells a Viking Resource book, published by Gripping Hands Publications.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
We are happy for photographs and audio/video recordings to be taken for educational uses within the school.
Science shows and workshops are all individually priced, with a maximum £600 per day charge. Schools in Cumbria are only charged a maximum of £400 for a full day.
Midgard Living History days are charged at a standard £250 per half day or £350 per full day. Cumbrian schools, again, enjoy a special local discount (£175/£250).
For multiple day bookings special discounts can be negotiated. All fees include travel and accommodation costs, usually with no other extra charges.
Thank you so much for coming into school and providing such an amazing day for everyone. Your workshops were excellent and the children have since used their newfound engineering skills to build even stronger paper bridges and even higher spaghetti towers. The 'fire show' was the absolute highlight of science week, if not the highlight of the year so far! The children, and teachers, were totally enthralled by the bangs, multicoloured flames and seemingly impossible scientific feats. I have never known a round of applause so loud and enthusiastic, and the children talked about nothing else for the rest of the week!
Rachel Selway South Walney Junior School Cumbria
The Fire Show was one of our easiest selections to include in the 2013 Young People's Programme at the British Science Festival. Using thrilling demonstrations to demonstrate core curriculum science it left our audiences wanting more. Highly recommended!"
Colin Wilkinson Corylus Education
Many thanks for a fantastic visit to Greystoke School last week. We had a fantastic day and the children have picked up so much knowledge and understanding about Viking life - and their enthusiasm this week has been great! I was listening in to four of the girls role playing as Viking children at play time this week - grinding grain feeding animals and playing games. The children have also really enjoyed writing as if they were Viking children and this showed how much they had learnt from your visit too!
Many thanks for a great day
Sophie Heron Greystoke School near Penrith
Thank you so much for your visit to Seascale Year 5. Your workshop as Brother Mellitus was a fantastic learning experience for all of our class. In the words of one girl it was a history a science and a literacy lesson all in one! I would highly recommend a visit from Brother Mellitus. All of the learning from the visit was delivered within the context of the Lindisfarne Gospels. Your teaching was well-informed and your authoritative delivery style matched the needs and age of the class as well as the demands of your position as Brother Mellitus.
Thank you so much for your visit!"
Class Teacher Year 5 Seascale School
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