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Living Histo​ry Workshops​​


Dear Corrine and Tim,

Thank you so much for the Viking Day on Wednesday 4th May.

The day itself was a complete success and the Head Teacher commented on how engaged the children were when she showed visitors around the school throughout the day. I thought you might be interested to hear about the slightly longer-term effects of the day. Today, the children were writing a story about a Norse character. One child asked me to make a word mat to help her describe what it felt like to fight as a Viking. She said she couldn't imagine it. I reminded her that she had wielded a sword and had practised stabbing high and stabbing low, she had worn chain mail, a helmet and a beard. Suddenly, she realised she knew what it felt like, sounded like, and looked like and she got on with her writing.

Later on, we were reading a story that had a medicine man in it and the class were wondering how easy it would be to make medicine - then almost at the same time they all stared at each other and said, "We made medicine!" It was a very funny moment. It has become an anchor to knowledge that I can refer them to and their writing is all the better for it.  Once again thank you for all your time, imagination and creativity, it was infectious.

With kindest regards,  Liz Missen

Year 5 class teacher at St.Peter's Primary School, Hawkenbury, Tunbridge Wells

"On behalf of Year 4 at Blean Primary School, I just wanted to say a big thank you for our wonderful Roman workshop yesterday. The children were buzzing when we got back to our classrooms at the end of the afternoon and had thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. It is such a fantastic way to bring history alive !"

L Pryor, Blean Primary School

"This is a particularly lively year group, and for them to be able to shout at the top of their voices and throw 'rocks' is amazing - 

they've absolutely loved it, thank you so much!"

Slade Primary School

"I just wanted to message to say a huge thank you to you both for the fantastic workshops today. Both classes have been buzzing about them and parents have said how much the children have excitedly spoken about it at home this evening. There was a lovely breadth of activity and all the children were fully engaged and learning so much. We all had great fun and we are so grateful for all the time, resources and effort you put into it."

N Myers, High Halden Church of England Primary School

"Just wanted to say thank you for an amazing day yesterday - the children loved it!"

K Stannard,  East Stour Primary School

"Thank you both for such a wonderful day!  The Y4s just loved it and were very enthusiastic when we got them back to class!"

Mrs Adams, Academy of Woodlands

"This is a particularly lively year group, and for them to be able to shout at the top of their voices and throw 'rocks' is amazing - they've absolutely loved it, thank you so much!"

Teacher, Slade Primary School

"Thank you for a fantastic workshop! The children were engaged, focused and engrossed in all the learning and enriching activities that you arranged."

E Wright, Horizon Primary Academy, Kent

"This was a really well-prepared workshop with lots of different activities that engaged every child in my class. The pace was excellent and the 'take home' activity was an added bonus. Highly recommended."

A Wilding, St Philip's catholic Primary School, Uckfield

"A wonderfully interactive and immersive workshop. The children learned masses without even being aware of learning. Extremely well organised and all the children were fully focused and involved throughout. Choosing a 'favourite bit' was almost impossible as they enjoyed all of it."

R Knight, Dulwich Preparatory School, Cranbook.

"Please can I make you aware of the complete delight and enthusiasm that Hugh had telling his family about the amazing Living History day. It was a real hit and it sounded amazing!"

From a parent of a child at King's Preparatory School, Rochester, Kent.

"I would just like to say a huge thank you from the year 3 team and the children for the experience they received today. They have really learned more about the Stone Ages to Iron Ages, and just had so much fun. They could not stop talking about it and I am sure I will hear more about it from them and their parents tomorrow."

Paulina Brylikowska, Tymberwood Academy, March 2017

"Thank you for making Roman day for year 4 the most wonderful, fantastic, funniest day ever. My favourite bit was trying different types of food on the carpet. Yours sincerely, Maddie"

St James' Junior School, Tunbridge Wells, April 2016

"It was AWESOME!" from Ava.

St James' Junior School, Tunbridge Wells, April 2016

 "I have had a letter from a parent saying how much her son had enjoyed the day, and how much the family had been impressed by everything he told them about the day's activities."

I Flanagan, Kings Prep Rochester, April 2016 

"We absolutely loved our day. Costumes were great, activities engaging and accessible to all. The children had a fantastic time - we will definitely have you again! Thanks for a superb day."

M Hodges, St James' CE Junior School, Tunbridge Wells, April 2016

"A fantastic day with a huge variety of activities. Thank you, well worth the money."

E Brogan, Sedlescombe CE Primary, April 2016

'Wonderful day - children were able to experience a variety of activities, all hands on.

This has been unlike any other workshop.'

A Bradshaw, High Halstow Primary

"In over 10 years of teaching this was the best I've ever seen, especially for such a reasonable price. All staff and children had fun and learnt loads."

M Comell & T Daly, Northborough Junior School

'A super day. The children were doing stuff all day which really brought our topic

to life - thank you.

D Bradshaw, West Chiltington Community School

'The children had a fantastic day!

The workshop was pitched perfectly and they were fully engaged throughout. Thank you.'

L Gann, Meopham Community Academy

'Fab! Children were engaged all day... lots of learning and excitement and so much fun.

Thank you so much from all of Year 4.'

C Pike, Hilltop Primary School

'It was fantastic!!'

C Sayers, Hilltop Primary School

"Brilliant start to our topic and children were engaged and enthusiastic about the activities.

Thank you very much!"

S Major, Murston Junior School, January 2016

'Excellent activities - children all on task all day - a good all round experience.

Thank you so much!'

A Webzell, Horton Kirby Primary

'All Year 3 teachers thought it was very well run. Tim & Michela were organized, professional

and had a thorough knowledge of the period of history. All boys thoroughly enjoyed

themselves. Thank you for a wonderful day!'

C Alleivac, New Beacon School

'The workshops were very inspiring! The children go so much out of them!'

Mrs Duong, Fairholme School

"Very hands-on - the children thoroughly enjoyed getting into role and dressing up.

They will remember this for a long time.'

C Meadows, Hilltop Primary School

'Great 'get up and do' activities. Children enjoyed everything. A fantastic day, perfect for our lively year 3's and 4's! Good balance of active learning, story telling and historical knowledge.'

J Gosney, West Malling CEPS

'Brilliant organisation. Wonderful that children have some memorabillia to take home.'

C Burridge, Great Doddington Primary School

'Lots of short, sharp segments - great!'

J Allaf, Willesborough Junior School

'Perfect balance between fun activities but lots of learning going on.'

Mrs Hughes, Cheriton Primary School

'Varied activities at a good pace. Children were kept engaged and interested.'

A Terry, Grovehurst Federation

'We all thought it was fantastic! Children were engaged the whole day. Children who wouldn't normally participate participated and enjoyed it thorougly!'

K Willett, St Andrew's CE Primary School

'We liked the way it was cross curricular.

Keep doing what you are doing - very well done!'

Natalie Thompson, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

'You have been very flexible. The children have learnt loads!'

A Carvill, East Stour Primary

"I can definitely recommend Living History Workshops. This is what

learning history should be about!"

Steve Humphries, Manager Romney Marsh Visitor Centre

"An excellent day! I just couldn't believe what the children came up with!"

Mrs Ransley, Year 3 Teacher, Greatstone Primary School.

"The best bit was making the lucky charms even though it made me unlucky!"

Emma, All Saints School, Putney Common

"Perfect for what we wanted. Love the feast!"

Miriam English, Sythwood School

"Beneficial both as part of the history scheme of work and as a stand-alone project."

Mr Morgan-John, Gifted and Talented Children's Co-ordinator.


Amelia Yr 3

"I'm going to wear my amulet all summer!"


"Thank you so much for coming into our school and teaching us so much about the Romans in a really fun and exciting way. We really enjoyed it!"

Lympne Primary School.

"One of the best days of my life!"

"Can you come back tomorrow please?"

"I'm going to write another play when I get home - it was great!"

From children of Class 6, Greatstone Primary School

"Wicked! I can clearly remember the Roman project we did at school when I was 10 because we enacted it and it came alive!"

Nick Ratcliffe (age mid 30's!) Derby

"I had so much fun and I wish we could do it again!"

Esther, 10, John Wesley C.of.E. Primary School, Ashford

'The children really enjoyed it because so many things happened. They never had a chance to get bored. The range of resources and props. was excellent.'

S Samuels, Westfield Primary School