The children were asked to order different periods of world history using their previous knowledge of topics covered. They then had to work out where the Anglo-Saxon period would fit in. They instinctively used their knowledge of the Roman Period in history to reason where they should place the Anglo- Saxon period on the timeline.
Anglo Saxon Accommodation and Architecture
The Anglo-Saxons preferred to live very differently to the Romans who had established large towns in Britain during their rule. Places like London and Cirencester, which were thriving centres under the Romans became much smaller and quieter during the Anglo-Saxon times, and some towns were completely abandoned and the buildings were left to go to ruin.
In this lesson, we were able to learn about life in an Anglo Saxon Village and as our challenge, we used our prior knowledge to compare the accommodation and architecture to that of the Romans.
During our History topic of the Anglo- Saxons, the children drew a map of the UK and Northern Europe to show the journey the invaders took to reach our shores. It also helped to explain the different cultural influences between the tribes and how the Anglo-Saxon culture is still present in Britain today!
Digging up the Past: Working Independently
This week, we were being archaeologists by examining objects found during digs. We researched, analysed and explained what we thought the object was and thought about what it can teach us about the Anglo-Saxon culture. We were amazed to discover that they were skilled craftsmen evidenced by the intricate designs found on jewelry and helmets like those found at Sutton Hoo.