Who were the Anglo Saxons?
During this lesson, we explored what we learn about the Anglo Saxons from the evidence that has been found. One such site was Sutton Hoo. This is thought to be a burial site of an Anglo Saxon warrior king. The most impressive find was an ornate ceremonial helmet. We have learned that they were skilled craftsmen and jewelers and that they travelled to other parts of the world due to the the semi precious stones that were found inlaid in the artefacts. The hoard of money proves that they had some form of a monetary system. We really enjoyed being Archeologists!
Understanding who were the Anglo Saxons and where did they come from?
The last Roman soldiers left Britain in 410. New people came in ships across the North Sea – the Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxon age in Britain was from around AD410 to 1066.
They were a mix of tribes from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. The three biggest were the Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes. The land they settled in was 'Angle-land', or England.
If we use the modern names for the countries they came from, the Saxons were German-Dutch, the Angles were southern Danish, and the Jutes were northern Danish.
This work shows our understanding of where they came from.
The Last Anglo Saxon Kings: The Battle of Hastings
Were able to explain and retell the events of the Battle of Hastings by creating a structured account of this major historical event. Furthermore, we thought about the question of the legacy of this battle and the impact that this had on Britain. We wondered whether England would still be ruled by France/Normandy should the course of history been different.
Neve: "I wonder if this is why we have so many French words in our English language?"
We had great fun creating an information leaflet for a museum giving information about the Anglo-Saxon kings, explaining key aspects of their reign and devising our own question for a professional historian relating to legacy of the Anglo-Saxon kings.
Evie:"We thought about why Edward is known as 'The Confessor'."