The day the Vikings came to Wath!

The arrival of the Vikings in school was amazing! The Y4 children were engaged in fact-finding, listening to stories, and even learnt some battle skills which they put into practise with a 'real life-battle' between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings on the school yard. I would highly recommend this Company of actors for working at the correct pitch for the children, engaging the children and developing their understanding of history - in a fun-filled action-packed day. The perfect way to engage children in an historical topic and develop their enthusiasm to want to find out more after the 'visitors' have left.

Patricia Mulcrone, Wath Central Primary School Jul 2019

Re. Marcus the Roman Legionary at The British School, Wotton-under- Edge Gloucs, November 2018

Bev Smith
"The kids were buzzing and the adults too! We loved it and are very appreciative of your efforts and skills! The children found your workshop invaluable and today, as we plan our "Roman legionary diary extract" they are scribbling down a whole wealth of facts to weave into their writing - fantastic!"

Other comments:
A fantastic storyteller! Mr Beale, Class 3
I thought he was brilliant - really engaging and a fountain of knowledge and facts. Mr Roche Class 6

From the children:
I loved the rotten, smelly fish guts! Isla
I loved learning and doing the sword fighting actions. Mackenzie
The best bit was when Marcus showed us the equipment that the Roman soldiers used. Sam

Mountain lane School Buckley, Flintshire re. WW2 Day November 2017

Pupils comments:

"I would say that the people that came in made it a very joyful and happy experience and a fun way of learning about World War II!"

"My favourite activity on World War II day was the dance called doing the Lambeth walk because I found it really funny, I loved doing the steps and I found it really interesting seeing what dance was like in World War II."

"On world war II day you get to dress up as someone in the war and you learn how to pick up a bomb safely. You also get to learn wartime songs and dances as well as experiencing what it was like when the air raid sirens went off and how it made the people feel".

"My favourite part of the day was all of it because I can't choose, the day was amazing".

"So World War II day is a day when 2 men called Tommy and Jack come to your school and talk about life in WW2 .The men are hilarious and talented and you get to dress up as anything that relates to WW2. It is really fun and exciting."

Mrs Yvette Tomkinson Yr6 teacher;

"This was a very exciting day for year 6 pupils I would recommend this to every school this was such a brilliant day".

Patricia Mulcrone Central Primary School Wath-On-Dearne S.Yorks. March 2017

"As always a super way to engage the children to our new topic, this time the Greeks. We loved the balance of singing, dancing, acting and the presentation of information. The children were always engaged in some way".

Amber Jackson Lound Junior School Chapeltown S.Yorks March 2017

"My Y4 class had a fantastic day with Marcus the Roman. They were inspired by John's enthusiasm and well planned activities which had them singing Roman songs, smelling Roman food, trying on Roman armour and lots more! They now have a much greater understanding of the Romans and an enthusiasm for the topic."

Here are some quotes from the children on the day:

"I really liked Marcus because he was funny."
"My favourite bit was when we put the armour on and practised fighting."

Thanks again

Mountain Lane Primary School, Buckley, Flintshire

Company K visited our school during November 2016. Our pupils had a fantastic day and learned lots of interesting information about life during World War Two through a range of fun, interactive and 'hands on' activities. It is the second time that Company K have visited our school and we will certainly be inviting them back next year! Many thanks and we look forward to see-ing you again soon. Diolch yn fawr.

Yvette Tomkinson

Ysgol St Elfod, Abergele, Conwy Dec. 2016

Children's feedback;

It was a really wonderful, fun experience. I loved being chosen to do different jobs!
I liked the different badges that people wore to represent different jobs during WW2.
It was great learning how to dance - especially the Lambeth Walk!

Teacher's feedback;
It was a truly wonderful, fun and interactive day learning all about life during WW2. Thank you both so much for providing a really fun and hands on learning experience for our Y6 pupils!

Cath Waldron

Jeavons Wood Primary School Cambridgeshire
Re. A "Democracy Day" at the School in July 2015, Alison Withers;

"Thank you again for all you did to inspire the children, they absolutely loved getting outside and trying the pike and musket drill, which has really stuck in their memory and fitted in perfectly with our ethos of active learning at Jeavons Wood!"

Daisy Dunning, Sutton Green Primary School, Little Sutton, Cheshire December 2014.
Re. Lugg and Aderyn Stone Age/Bronze Age Day

"My year 3 class had a fantastic day with Lugg and Aderyn. The children had very high expectations of the day and they were not disappointed! They loved having the opportunity to ask Aderyn questions and look at his tools and weapons. They found meeting Lugg an amazing experience and now have a much more in depth understanding of what Stone Age men would have been like. The afternoon was a chance to share what had been learnt and the children particularly enjoyed the burial of their teacher! At home time they greeted their families with enormous smiles and were full of explanations about gruesome stories, songs and meeting a real life Stone Age man! Many thanks, to Lugg and Aderyn."

"The children and staff had a great day, Jock and Jack brought a difficult subject to life with their enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for the subject. It was a great way to finish off our whole-school topic on WW1. Thank you!

C. Sinclair Head Teacher, Long Clawson Primary School, nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, November 2014.

Children’s Feedback; Central Primary School, Wath on Dearne, S.Yorks June 2014

"Awesome - the activities were really good."
"Fantastic, I didn't want the day to end."
"Fantastic - cool dancing and singing - loved every part of it!"
"It was amazing - the acting, singing, dancing, just all of it. I didn't want this wonderful experience to end!"
"All activities were interesting - a lot things I didn't know, I got to know."
"The Blitz presentation needs to be more exciting - needs things to see and some mini activities to do. Needed a questioning session at the end or during it."
"Exciting to watch - well set story line and a lot of detail about what happened in World War II."
"Great fun - Tommy was really funny - I didn't want the fun to end."
"Great jokes."
"Brilliant - I really liked the games that we did, like the grenade throwing."
"Comical. I thought Tommy was really funny and told us lots of information."
"Rationing presentation was good because you got to do things like planting a seed and taping the windows up, ready for the bombing."

Etching Hill School, Rugeley, Staffs. March 2014.

"Jack and Jock" The Great War

Children's Quotes;-

"An incredibly fun and interesting day!"

"Jack and Jock explained to us the details of WW1 exceptionally - we felt like we were there!"

"They went into so much detail, we know much more about our topic and loads of fascinating facts."

"Much more informative than any book!"

"The drama made the war come to life"

"We now know exactly what it was like to train and go to war."

Mrs G. Parsons, Dep. Head Teacher:-

The Jack and Jock experience allowed our Year 6 pupils to gain a greater insight into World War 1.
A multitude of facts and stories were shared, with the children being on the edge of their seats!
Through the use of drama and roleplay, the history came to life! All of the resources and tasks were well planned and allowed the children to gain a hands on approach to the past. Thank you very much!

'Quotes from 'participants' on Company K's production of ' Bula Matari' the Story of H.M. Stanley - November 2013'

" The show was amazing. I loved the part when the soldiers were fighting. Really amazing......"

"I really enjoyed all of the show, but my favourite part was when Henry had to join the army or wear bloomers.....!"

"Best show I have ever seen, better than any cinema......."

" I really enjoyed the show. I found out a lot of facts. I will remember all of it, but my favourite part was learning the dance......"

"The show was a blast! My favourite part was when we joined the workhouse......"

"My favourite part was when I was Dr Livingstone. I really enjoyed the show and I would love to watch it again...."

Photos of all the action can be seen on our Gallery page.

Thanks for your visits to school and the fabulous history workshops you provided the children. All were informative, child friendly and hugely enjoyable. We look forward to you next set of visits, you really brought history alive!!!!!
Yours sincerely

Joanne D Evans (History co-ordinator and Deputy Head)
Ysgol-Y-Castell ,Rhuddlan
13th may 2013
( Romans, Tudors, Victorians WW2)

Hi John
Thank you again for the visit to the presentation on 3rd May in Leicester.

‘Jack’s’ performance was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The individual comments from those present included “brilliant”, “very moving” “very realistic”, “I felt I was actually there”.
My own comments are is that your portrayal of ‘Jack ‘was outstanding and greatly added to the event. We would certainly be interested in engaging ‘Jack’ for future events.

Very many thanks.

Dr John Sutton
Branch Chairman
Leicestershire & Rutland WFA
10th May 2013


Kelly Glass, Fulbrooke Middle School, Woburn Sands
I just wanted to write and thank you for the fabulous experience that Company K gave our children. The presentations were clear, informative and so much fun. Every child was joining in with the sea-shanties and whaling was the topic of conversation for a long time after you left us.You helped make both our Victorian Day and Tudor Day a huge success and we are looking forward to welcoming you back next year.

Mrs Emma Parry, Ysgol Llywelyn, Rhyl re. Company K, WW2 Day
"I would like to personally thank you for the wonderful day you provided for us at Ysgol Llywelyn. As we teach through thematic topics now, we always have an "inspiration day" to introduce a new theme. This term, Bill the Home Guard certainly inspired our year 6 children and gave them the thirst for more knowledge about World War 2. Bill was able to engage the children throughout each session and made learning fun and interactive. The children came to school dressed as world war 2 evacuees and had such a great time listening to the stories, taking part in drill exercises and learning the songs and dances of that period. The day just flew by! Thanks a million John. "
Emma " March 2013

Susie Ward-Evans, Ysgol –Y-Castell, Rhuddlan, March 2013
"Hi John
Thanks for the lovely afternoon with Marcus. The children were mesmerised. The story telling was realistic and I could tell by the children's questions how well they had listened. The drill in the playground was the highlight for the boys. I loved all the kit and accoutrements that Marcus brought with him. We had only seen pictures so Marcus brought everything to life. I am not sure whether they believed me about the time machine though! "

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