Who’s that waving axes and brandishing swords? It’s the Saxons invading Britain’s shores! During this half term, we’ll start by making sturdy boats to sail the ocean’s fearsome waves. We’ll write reports as an onlooker who witnessed the Saxons’ landing, and we’ll find out about key dates. Using online maps, we’ll plot the location of Roman shore forts and draw our own sketch maps. We’ll make models of Saxon weaponry, homes and jewellery and carefully carve runes using clay tools. When we learn about the Legend of King Arthur, we’ll retell the story, and write character portraits about Alfred the Great. We’ll write poems praising King Olaf, making sure they are complimentary, and learn about the everyday lives of the Saxons and Vikings. Using maps, we’ll identify the places where the invaders came from and locate viking invasion sites. We’ll research Viking beliefs and take part in a scrumptious Viking feast.
Entry Point - Saxon Boats
BBC Bitesize - Anglo Saxons
This site includes some great information, images and videos to provide a comprehensive overview of the Anglo-Saxons. The videos include information about Saxon life, why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain and Alfred the Great.
Vikings – BBC Bitesize
This site is full of facts, images and videos and provides a brilliant overview of the Vikings. The videos cover a vast array of topics including where Vikings came from, everyday life, longboats and gods.
Viking Food – BBC History
Text with pictures describing what food Vikings used to eat on typical days and feast nights, suitable for teachers.
Alfred The Great