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Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills

Chronology and Location of the Vikings 


Today, Year 5 embarked on a fascinating journey into our new topic- the Vikings. We created a timeline showing significant events from this period and we drew a map to show the route the Vikings took on their journeys to Britain. 

Education and Political Beliefs in the Viking Times


In this lesson, we learned about the political system of the Viking era and how education was used in each strata of society. We explained each level including the role of the King and ruling family, the Jarls, Karls and the Thralls who were effectively slaves. As our non excidet challenge, we considered the role of women in Vikings society and found that they were actually more powerful that other women in comparable societies throughout history. They were able to own land, property and to divorce their husbands. Furthermore, they were revered in battle. being known as 'shield maidens'! 

A Key Event in Anglo Saxon Times: The Battle of Hastings


How did the Anglo Saxon rule come to an end?


Today in class, we wrote an recount of the last few months of the rule of the Anglo Saxons. We covered the Battle of Stamford Bridge, William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. By learning about these pivotal events in history, we gained an understanding of the cause and consequence of past events and how they have shaped Britain and the wider world. We also explored how the legacy of this event impacted on world history.



"It was amazing to think that we were ruled by the French for 80 years! This is why we have words with French origin in English such as; continue and commence!"



"I found it amazing that we were ruled  by the French for 80 years! This is why we have words with French origin in the English language such as: commence and continue!" Amelia H


"The English soldiers must have been exhausted by the time they reached Hastings on the South Coast after their battle in Stamford Bridge which is up in the north east of England!" Dylan S


"I enjoyed learning about the Battle tactics!" Oliwier D







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."