This primary resource introduces children to Viking transport and Viking voyages. Discover the features of a Viking longship and the kinds of rowing adventures they would undertake. Where did they sail to? What did they do once they had arrived?

Pupils will learn about the design of the ship, the speeds they could reach and the supplies they would carry in our National Geographic Kids’ Vikings primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for understanding more about Viking transport, as a printed handout for each pupil to review and annotate, or for display on the interactive whiteboard using the illustration and short snippets of information included in the resource for class discussion.

Activity: Ask children to draw a Viking ship, or model one out of card and straws / lollipop sticks. Discuss what materials they could use for the sail. They could also use the resource sheet to help them create a poster or leaflet of instructions for how to sail a longship.


N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following History objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales. 


National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught about: the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Social Studies Second level objective from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence
  • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences

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  • Mariateresa

    These resourses are astounding! The facts, images, and videos from a trusted and expert source, allows us Teachers to place the students in the middle of the events. Thanks Natgeo Kids.

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