The Vikings Are Coming
Viking displays are a popular and usually people go for the classic Viking long boat. Just recently posted in the Classroom Displays Flickr group by Sway1233 this one is particularly fun as it includes photos of the children disguised as Vikings. You can adapt this idea for lots of other displays, of course, pirates works really well. Longboats can be as simple as this one, just a paper shape, or more complex. You can find my post about making a 3d longboat over here Viking Invasion. I love the cheery colours of this display. I wouldn’t want something quite so bright at the front of the classroom but it would be ideal at the back or in a shared area. I am not sure the sea has quite worked. I think I might have kept it more simple as it slightly distracts the viewer from the children and their shields. That’s just me being picky! Overall it is an excellent display.
This Viking display, originally by a teaching colleague of mine, uses the Viking voyages as a starting point. Maps like these are easier to produce than you might think, even if you are not an artist. You could find the map you want online and get it up on your IWB. Use your browser to zoom in or out to get the image the right size and then use thin paper & gently (very gently!!) trace the outline. This is one of those things that was easier when we had overhead projectors! Alternatively use a service like Blockposters to print out a large version. Your map needs to be simple & stylised if it is to work on a display, so don’t go for anything too detailed. Personally I think I’d have been tempted to get a group involved in drawing the map. It has so much learning potential! This might not be a ‘wow!’ display but it would be (was) a great focus point for a working wall approach. This was the finished version but it had been used over the course of the topic and been covered in sticky notes, questions, prompts etc.
Paper Plate Viking Shields
Paper plate shields are an easy Viking art activity and look quite good on a display once finished. I wonder how many paper plates actually end up on displays, we used to get through stacks of them every term! The classic is to use a flattened foil pie dish for the centre, it can be further embellished with patterns made with a pastry wheel if you’ve time.
Individual 3d Longboats
Another approach to the Viking display is to go for individual art works and writing. Maureen Crosbie shared this lovely small 3D Viking Ships idea in the Classroom Displays Group. Sometimes simple is really effective.
A Reproduction Viking Longboat
In case you need anymore long boat inspiration I saw a really great reproduction one in London the other day. I’ve put a creative commons license on it so feel free to grab it for you display.