Invaders and Settlers: Vikings

Block E - Mythology, Art and Culture

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.

Learn about the beliefs of the Vikings, the god and goddesses, the Viking creation myth, the Norse nine worlds and Tree of Life. Find out about their writing, sagas and legacy through a range of tasks including dance, painting, mod-roc modelling, poetry, and message making. Finally, put together a Viking celebration day for younger children.

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: Viking creation myth

Learn about Viking mythology and, in particular, their thrilling creation story; Create a Viking Creation story dance.

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02: The Norse Nine Worlds

Learn more about Viking mythology and the Norse Nine Worlds myth; Retell the myth as a storyboard and build a mod-roc model of a character from one of the Nine Worlds.

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03: Viking Gods and Goddesses

Develop your understanding of the Viking Gods and Goddesses; Research facts using the internet and create a Top Trumps game.

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04: Odin and the Tree of Life

Learn about the Viking God Odin and the Tree of Life; Write a senses poem; Paint large versions of the Tree of Life to act as a display backdrop.

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05: The Viking sagas

Listen to Viking sagas and then plan, write, perform and record your own.

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06: The Vikings make their mark

Consider how Vikings communicated with pictures and writing; Learn about their use of runes; Design your own Viking message foil tile and bookmark.

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07: The end of an era and the Viking legacy

Appreciate the legacy of the Vikings; Evaluate the topic and create posters.

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08: A celebration of the Vikings (Viking immersion day)

Consolidate your Viking knowledge with a celebration day designed for an audience of younger children or for parents; Choose from a variety of activities including performing your creation dance, telling sagas, playing Viking games, dressing up and sharing a Viking feast.