Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons

Block B - Settlements

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.

Learn about life in Anglo Saxon settlements. Design settlements, make buildings, dye wool, weave material, research food and cook recipes, play and create board games. Research place names and use an online simulation of an archaeological dig. Share Anglo-Saxon expert knowledge with visitors to the classroom.

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: A typical Anglo-Saxon village

Research the basic needs of an Anglo-Saxon settlement and design your own.

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02: Buildings

Design and make an Anglo-Saxon building based on research into the materials and techniques they used.

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03: Farming

Investigate the food and drink of the Anglo-Saxons, design a week’s menu and cook some of their recipes.

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04: Clothing

Having found out about the way the Anglo-Saxons made their own clothes, try your hand at dyeing with natural dyes and weaving some fabric.

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05: Jobs and leisure

Research the work and leisure of the Anglo-Saxon people, play their board games and make up your own.

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06: Local history

Consolidate your archaeological understanding of Anglo-Saxon evidence and place names. Carry out research into the meaning of local place names near you.

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07: Simulation - West Mucking

Take part in an online simulation of an archaeological dig on an Anglo-Saxon website.

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08: Visit to our Anglo-Saxon village

Review all that you have learned about the Anglo-Saxon people and then inform others through whole class role-play.