Meet the Vikings: Raiders, invaders, traders (KS2)

Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2
School subject: 
Geography, History
National Maritime Museum
Session times: 
Mondays and Thursdays at 10.15, 11.30 and 13.00
Session price: 
£60 (maximum 30 students)

Vikings were great sailors, building sturdy ships and travelling huge distances. Their seafaring talents took them far and wide, as they raided and invaded other lands, and traded their goods. Our ‘Meet the Vikings’ session examines the skills and technologies they used to equip themselves for long sea journeys. 

We begin by investigating a ship model to discover how Viking vessels were designed for both deep-sea sailing and navigating shallow waters, analysing the different materials used to make a watertight vessel. Using role-play, children then become Viking traders striking deals with a visiting Arab merchant. They haggle and negotiate as they exchange replica Viking goods for items from across the world – some precious, some for everyday use. What makes a good trade?

Finally we use replica clothes to get a feel for what it was like to dress as a Viking and talk about which clothes were worn for warmth and which showed the wearer’s wealth

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Booking a session

Sessions cannot be booked online, this is always done via an email or phone enquiry in the first instance.

To book a visit telephone 020 8312 6608 or e-mail

National Maritime Museum schools booking information

Complete an exciting day of activities by choosing up to two of the following free options when you make your booking:

Great Map

Children’s Gallery

Museum Trail

Complete your day with a world trip on the Great Map.

Fire a cannonat pesky pirates in our All Hands children's gallery.

Provided free with a pre-booked session. Please download and print if making an independent self-led visit with your class.

Related resources

Vikings teacher resources

Session outline