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Invaders and Settlers: Anglo-Saxons
Invasions

Learn about the Anglo-Saxon invasions: routes, kingdoms, ancient roads, warriors and historical sources that we use to understand them. Play an invasion game, paint pictures and make a shield. Study the Bayeux Tapestry for what we can learn from it about the Anglo-Saxons and create your own narrative tapestry.

Session 1 Where the Anglo-Saxons came from

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation, and how Britain has been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand historical concepts such as cause and consequence.
  • Understand connections between local & regional history, and between short- and long-term timescales.

Geography

  • Describe types of settlement and land use.
  • Use maps.
  • Understand how land use has changed over time.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about tribal attacks and the way the Anglo-Saxons spread across the country by playing a dramatic invasion game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand that several different tribes invaded Britannia after the Romans left in the early 5th century.
  • To understand that Britain was a suitable place to settle and to use maps to show where the tribes came from originally.

Children will:

  • Identify where the different tribes who were attacking and invading Britain came from.
  • Explain why the Romans left Britain in the early 5th century.
  • Understand how the Anglo-Saxon tribes gradually spread across the country.

You Will Need

  • Dice

Session 2 What were they looking for?

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation, and how Britain has been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand historical concepts such as cause and consequence.
  • Understand connections between local & regional history, and between short- and long-term timescales.

Geography

  • Describe types of settlement and land use.
  • Understand how land use has changed over time.

Teaching and Activities

Develop empathy for the Anglo-Saxons as they look to settle down; paint scenes of their villages and plan the important tasks that must be done.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To describe what Anglo-Saxon tribes would have been looking for in the lands they invaded.
  • To understand that the landscape has changed over the centuries and how the Anglo-Saxons changed land use.

Children will:

  • Explain what Anglo-Saxon tribes would have been looking for in the land they invaded.
  • Describe how the landscape of Britain was changed by the Anglo-Saxons.
  • Show empathy with the Anglo-Saxon tribes at the time of their invasion and a few years afterwards.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Paints
  • Brushes

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 Anglo-Saxon warriors

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation, and how Britain has been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand historical concepts such as cause and consequence.
  • Understand connections between local & regional history, and between short- and long-term timescales.

Art and design

  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques.
  • Appreciate the work of craft workers in history.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Anglo-Saxon warriors, their appearance and weaponry; design and make an Anglo-Saxon shield.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the role and appearance of an Anglo-Saxon warrior.
  • To design and make an Anglo-Saxon shield.

Children can:

  • Explain the position of warriors in Anglo-Saxon society.
  • List the weapons that were used by Anglo-Saxon warriors.
  • Describe the appearance of an Anglo-Saxon warrior.
  • Design and make their own Anglo-Saxon shield.

Provided Resources

  • Anglo-Saxon warrior activity sheets
  • Images from Sutton Hoo dig
  • Blank shield template

You Will Need

  • Drawing pencils
  • Crayons
  • Corrugated card
  • Newspaper
  • Split pins
  • Beads
  • String
  • Cord
  • PVA glue

Session 4 Maps of Britain

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation, and how Britain has been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand historical concepts such as cause and consequence.
  • Understand connections between local & regional history, and between short- and long-term timescales.

Geography

  • Use maps.
  • Study human geography including land use and trade links.

Teaching and Activities

Through map work, learn about the kingdoms and ancient roads of the Anglo-Saxons.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To learn where the main Anglo-Saxon kingdoms developed.
  • To identify the main kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxons on maps.
  • To recognise routes that the Anglo-Saxons used on modern day maps.

Children will:

  • Explain that the Anglo-Saxon tribes settled into first 5, then 7 main kingdoms by the mid-7th century.
  • Explain that the Anglo-Saxons never conquered Scotland, Wales or Cornwall.
  • Understand that the Anglo-Saxons used many ancient roads (pre-Roman and Roman) & gave them names.

Provided Resources

  • Poems
  • Maps of Britain
  • List of ancient routes
  • Map of Anglo-Saxon London

You Will Need

  • Ordnance Survey maps of own locality

Session 5 Vikings

Objectives

History

  • Know and understand how people’s lives have shaped the nation, and how Britain has been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand historical concepts such as cause and consequence.
  • Understand connections between local & regional history, and between short- and long-term timescales.

D&T

  • Explore an existing product.
  • Design a product based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop and model their ideas.
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials, including textiles.

Teaching and Activities

Learn more about the rule of the Anglo-Saxons, the information we gain from sources such as the Bayeux Tapestry and create your own embroidery.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To use a range of sources to understand that Anglo-Saxon Britain was attacked by different invaders.
  • To design and create a piece of embroidery that tells a story.

Children will:

  • Explain that during the rule of the Anglo-Saxons other tribes invaded and eventually conquered Britain.
  • Appreciate how both The Battle of Maldon poem and the Bayeux Tapestry are sources of information.
  • Design and create an embroidery similar to the Bayeux Tapestry.

You Will Need

  • Drawing pencils
  • Crayons
  • Sharpeners
  • Small squares of linen
  • Embroidery threads and needles