Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons

Block A - Introduction to the Anglo-Saxons

Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons is a rigorously researched, creative and interactive topic spread across six blocks. It will develop children’s knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons and help them understand how this important group fits into the chronology of Britain.

Contextualise the Anglo-Saxon period with a timeline of Britain. Through discussion, children understand the terms ‘invaders’ and ‘settlers’ and discuss motivations for emigration. Gain historical insight into the lives of Anglo-Saxon and British people.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Timelines

Working with the timeline of Britain, the children learn about how the Anglo-Saxons fit into the British chronology, discuss the terms ‘invaders’ and ‘settlers’ and the implications of invasions.

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02: Drama

Using drama, the children gain some empathy for the decisions faced by families of Anglo-Saxons and Britons, and the consequences of historical events.