Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons

Block E - Art and Culture

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 the cultural significance of storytelling, poetry, music, jewellery and feasting to the Anglo-Saxons. Build towards creating an Anglo-Saxon feast. Create sagas and kennings to perform, cook food to eat, create jewellery and instruments.

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: Storytelling

The children will find out about the importance of storytelling in Anglo-Saxon culture, look at some Old English and attempt some translation.

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02: Music

The children will learn about music in Anglo-Saxon society and prepare instruments for their feast.

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03: Kennings and Riddles

The children learn about kennings and riddles and prepare their own to perform at their Anglo-Saxon feast.

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04: Jewellery

The children will look at Anglo-Saxon artefacts, particularly jewellery, and make their own to wear at the feast.

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05: Feasts

A final feast gives the children a meaningful setting in which to perform their music, sagas, kennings and riddles as well as dressing up and eating Anglo-Saxon foods.