Invaders and Settlers: Vikings

Block A - Introduction to the Vikings

Children develop their knowledge of the Viking invasion and settlement in Britain, through a series of practical and informative blocks that have imaginative outcomes such as a Viking Quest board game, a group model of a longhouse, a Viking feast, a Dragon’s Den trade drama, a mythological creature and a Viking celebration event.

Where did the Vikings come from? Where did they invade and settle? Why did they leave Scandinavia? How do we know about them? Work on time lines, map work, completing a quiz, and creative writing exercises. Begin to appreciate why the Vikings were successful and to empathise with the people of Britain who experienced invasion.

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: Who were the Vikings?

Learn about Viking raids and invasion. Discover the chronological place of this key era in the history of Britain. Find out how we know about the Vikings.

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02: Where were the Vikings from?

Find out where the Vikings came from and why they invaded. Through map work, learn about Viking routes and settlements in the British Isles.

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03: What made the Vikings successful?

Discover what made the Vikings successful. Consider the experience of a Viking raid from the Anglo-Saxon perspective. Design posters and write letters based on your knowledge.