Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons

Block F - Kings and Laws

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 important Anglo-Saxon Kings, especially King Ethelbert, King Offa and King Alfred. Gain a deeper understanding of the timeline of events of the later kings. Learn about the system of law and order and the class system. Bring historical learning to life with online games and research, role-play, design activities and cooking.

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: Anglo-Saxon society

Children will describe the different social groups in Anglo-Saxon society, use role-play to empathise with these groups, and compare the Anglo-Saxon way of life with today.

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02: Sutton Hoo

Children will explain the importance of the Sutton Hoo excavations and learn what the finds tell us about the people of the time.

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03: Who was Offa?

Children will learn about King Offa of Mercia, his dyke and his coinage. They will retell the story of the founding of Hereford Cathedral.

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04: Crime and Punishment

Children will describe the Anglo-Saxon justice system and use role-play to develop and show empathy for the system of justice.

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05: King Alfred the Great

Children will learn why Alfred was ‘Great’, describe what the Danegeld was, and make cakes or bread (without burning them!)

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06: Later Anglo-Saxon kings

Children will describe the last few Anglo-Saxon Kings of England and learn about the Domesday Book.