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Vikings: A Key Event in the Viking Era - The Raid on Lindisfarne AD 739


In today's history lesson the children learned about a key event in history: The Vikings' raid on Lindisfarne in AD793. The children considered the reasons for the attack, what happened during the attack and the impact this event had. The children really enjoyed learning about this (particularly reading sources from the time (Alucin the Anglo Saxon Bishop and the Anglo Saxon Chronicle). It was incredible to think that one event changed the course of history for both the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings.

The presentation of the Raid on Lindisfarne by Alfie and William

 Anglo Saxons: Education and Political Beliefs in Anglo Saxon Times


Here you will find the different perspectives of two different classes: 


In today's lesson, the class was split into three groups: Anglo Saxons; modern British people or the Jury. Working cohesively as a group, they planned an argument to persuade the other groups that their laws and justice are the fairest. The Jury considered both arguments and voted to decide which group gave the most persuasive argument. Not surprisingly, the Jury overwhelmingly decided that the modern British punishments were the fairest!




"I really enjoyed presenting using my oracy skills. I'm trying to improve my oracy skills in all of my subjects and I find History a really great subject to enable me to do this." Isabella C


"I cannot believe how violent the Anglo Saxons punishments were! It's unbelievable that the people who were condemned to the ducking chair would have died in anyway event whether they were guilty or innocent!" 

Gabriel M


"I enjoyed learning how to think critically and attempted to compare and contrast times throughout history. I found it challenging when I was asked to give an alternative view." Kaidyn 

Anglo Saxons Laws and Justice 

As a class, we read through a number of case studies. We used the scenarios to debate whether the law and punishments were fair and just. The class were split into Anglo Saxons (the Proposition) and  modern British citizens (the opposition). After that, we compared them to the modern British Justice System.


Matilda: "When we were debating it was important that we used our oracy skills well. We gave eye contact, stood up straight, used pace and tone and volume well so that we could be heard and understood. We tried to use ambitious vocabulary and listen to other peoples' point of view. We are also learning to challenge respectfully rather than shouting our objection."

The Legacy of the Anglo Saxons and their Impact on Liverpool


In today's lesson the children used maps of the UK to find place names with an Anglo Saxon origin and translated their meanings. It was a fun lesson! The children were then able to research and explain about the origins of the names of some Liverpool towns such as; Walton, Woolton and West Derby.


Did you know that Walton is thought to be the oldest village of the 'modern' Liverpool, as it was reportedly 600 -800 years old at the time of the Domesday Survey. The 'ton' in Walton derives from the Anglo-Saxon word for a settlement. However there is much argument as to the meaning of 'Wal'. Many belief that is in reference to the many wells that were in Liverpool, whilst others believe it could mean a wood. Some have said that it could mean a 'walled town' or 'town of the Britons'.


Isabelle J