Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons

Block D - Beliefs

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 Anglo-Saxon beliefs. Research pagan beliefs as well as the rise of Christianity during Anglo-Saxon times. Investigate writing and find out about contemporary documents. Paint gods and goddesses, write in runes, make amulets, design images and role-play some of the key religious stories. Curate an exhibition about Anglo-Saxon beliefs.

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: Pagan Gods

Learn about the pagan beliefs of the Anglo-Saxons, paint a god or goddess and make a lucky amulet.

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02: Christianity

Develop your knowledge of the rise and fall of Christianity during the Anglo-Saxon times and role-play some of the key historical events.

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03: Writing

Learn about writing using runes, and about the Anglo-Saxon books written by monks. Write a message with runes and design your own Anglo-Saxon image.

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04: Anglo-Saxon Chronicles

Learn about Bede’s ‘Ecclesiastical History of the English People’ and ‘The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles’. Write your own Anglo-Saxon Chronicle page.

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05: Visit to our Anglo-Saxon exhibition

Consolidate all you have learned in this block by organising an exhibition about Anglo-Saxon beliefs.