The Chronology of the Anglo-Saxons in World History
To embark on Year 5's thought-provoking journey into the Anglo Saxons, they began by discussing and ordering key events in Anglo-Saxon history on a timeline. Also, an understanding was built of where the Anglo-Saxon period fits into world history. In addition to this, each pupil analysed and drew a map of where the Anglo-Saxons came from and where they settled in Britain.
Eoin: "It was great that I could remember that the Greek civilisation began before the Romans!"
Exploring Anglo-Saxon Artefacts and Village Life and Architecture
Year 5 were fascinated to learn about the Anglo-Saxon findings at Sutton Hoo. They were impressed by the fact that this led to the most significant amount of treasure being found in an archaeological dig in England ever! The children found that this helped to understand the legacy of the Anglo Saxons too. Following this, it was up to our pupils to research, analyse and explain what certain objects were and what they could teach us about Anglo-Saxon culture. Another way of gaining an understanding of their culture was by researching what life would have been like in an Anglo-Saxon village. Previous knowledge of Roman culture aided children in making comparisons.
Oliver: "When my teacher reminded us about what we learned in Year 4 about the Romans, I was able to compare the buildings and the building materials in Roman times to that of the Anglo-Saxons."
Religion and Anglo-Saxon Legacy: Place Names
Year 5 enjoyed learning about the significance of Augustine, the first Archbishop of Cantebury, and how he converted King Ethelbert to Christianity. Also, a range of Anglo-Saxon Gods were researched by the pupils. They were ready for the challenge of finding out 'golden nuggets' about Gods such as 'Thunor: God of Thunder' and Goddesses such as 'Freo: Goddess of Love'. In addition to knowing that the Church of England was essentially founded by Augustine, Year 5 have also looked into the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons through researching UK place names.
Ben:"This was such a fun lesson decoding the place names that we have today!"
The Battle of Hastings and Anglo-Saxon Kings
After finding out about The Battle of Hastings and how it shaped Britain, Year 5 wrote an informative account of the events surrounding this. Additionally, pupils have researched significant people in Anglo-Saxon history. They used this information to create fantastic leaflets about Alfred the Great, King Athelstan and Edward the Confessor.
Theo: "I loved learning about the Battle of Hastings and how the Battle of Stamford Bridge affected the outcome. I wonder whether William the Conquerer wouldn't have won if the English hadn't have been so tired."