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Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons
Introduction to the Anglo-Saxons

Contextualise the Anglo-Saxon period within a timeline of Britain. Through discussion, children understand the terms 'invaders' and 'settlers' and discuss motivations for emigration. Gain historical insight into the lives of Anglo-Saxon and British people.

Session 1 Timelines

Objectives

History

  • Understand that many different peoples have settled in Britain since the start of the Common Era and have helped shape the nation; Gain historical perspective.

English

  • Use spoken language to develop understanding.

Teaching and Activities

Working with the timeline of Britain, the children learn about how the Anglo-Saxons fit into the British chronology, discuss the terms ‘invaders’ and ‘settlers’ and the implications of invasions.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand that Britain has been invaded and settled numerous times and place these into context.
  • To discuss and understand the meaning of the terms ‘invaders’ and ‘settlers.’

Children will:

  • Define the terms invaders and settlers.
  • Place significant dates concerning the Anglo-Saxons on a timeline of British history.
  • Discuss why invasions are not always unpopular and why settlers are not always welcome.

You Will Need

  • British history research resources

Session 2 Drama

Objectives

History

  • Understand how people’s lives have shaped Britain. Understand cause and consequence.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their knowledge into different contexts.

English

  • Participate in discussion taking turns and listening to what others say.
  • Use spoken language to develop understanding.

Teaching and Activities

Using drama, the children gain some empathy for the decisions faced by families of Anglo-Saxons and Britons, and the consequences of historical events.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the priorities of invaders and settlers and the reasons for their decisions.
  • To participate in role-play and consider and evaluate different viewpoints.

Children will:

  • Understand how ordinary people’s lives have helped to shape Britain.
  • Show awareness of cause and consequence of some historical events.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.