Invaders and Settlers: Vikings
Viking Raiders

This is a fascinating block about the fearsome Viking raiders. Learn about the beliefs and weapons of the Viking warriors, the design of their longships and famous Viking leaders and explorers. Construct your own Viking shield and longships and consolidate knowledge by creating a Viking Quest game.

Session 1 Researching Viking warriors

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the success of the Viking invasion.

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Viking warriors: their names, beliefs and weapons. Make your own Viking shield.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the beliefs and weaponry of the Viking Warriors.
  • To make a Viking shield.
  • To select appropriate information for a research question.

Children can:

  • Discover the beliefs of Viking warriors.
  • Explore Viking weaponry and armour.
  • Research Viking warrior’s names and choose their own.
  • Design a Viking shield.

You Will Need

  • Computers, ipads or tablets
  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking

Session 2 What made the Viking longship a good mode of transport?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the success of the Viking invasion.

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.

English

  • Use simple organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings evaluate and edit by assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements

Teaching and Activities

Learn about the features of the formidable Viking longships ready to design and make your own.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand how the design and build of the Viking longship helped with successful invasions.
  • To locate relevant information and write a fact-file on Viking longships.

Children can:

  • Discover the key features of Viking longships.
  • Discover why Viking longships were successful in what they did.
  • Select relevant information to create a fact file on Viking longships.
  • Design own fact file in booklet or poster form.

You Will Need

  • Small booklets made by the children or in advance
  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking
  • Computers, ipads or tablets

Session 3 How did the Vikings construct the longships?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the impact of the Vikings on early design techniques.

Design and Technology

  • Investigate and analyse boat designs.
  • Understand how key events and individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world

Teaching and Activities

Investigate the design of Viking longships and the building methods techniques used by the Vikings. Draw design plans for your own longship.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand how we can investigate the design and build of the Viking longship.
  • To analyse the building techniques used by the Vikings.

Children can:

  • Investigate the key features of the Viking longship.
  • Plan a design for a longship.
  • Evaluate through discussion how own design could be improved.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking
  • 100 Viking Facts book
  • Viking longships PowerPoint (session 2)
  • PDF Viking longships resource – see weblinks
  • Strips of card or balsa wood and template for demonstrating

Session 4 Can I construct a longship based on my plan and design?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn about the impact of the Vikings on early design techniques.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use specific tool for own design, techniques, processes and equipment precisely.
  • Select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials based on own ideas.
  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce their longship.

Teaching and Activities

Construct and evaluate your own Viking longship.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the role of archaeologists in uncovering remains and how the past can be pieced together.
  • To use plans to design own ship and evaluate techniques in design and offer solutions for any improvements.

Children can:

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
  • Create strength in their structure.
  • Ensure ship is of a similar design style to an original.
  • Evaluate through discussion how own design could be more successful.

You Will Need

  • Viking longships PowerPoint (session 2)
  • Viking longship planning and evaluating (session 3)
  • Longship plan card (session 3 - if using for template)
  • Viking longships (session 3 - if using for template)
  • Strips of card or balsa wood and template for building
  • Lolly sticks
  • Squares of fabric for sail
  • Extra card for shields
  • Willow or doweling for masts
  • Modelling clay, craft knife, silver card

Session 5 Were all the Vikings warriors?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Analyse the characters of successful Viking leaders.

English

  • To develop ideas through drama and role play.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about famous Viking leaders and explorers.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To empathise with the Viking leaders and ordinary people of this time.
  • To ask relevant questions of the person in role.
  • To use this knowledge to be a persuasive Viking leader.

Children can:

  • Analyse the characteristics of Viking leaders.
  • Persuade others to join you as a loyal follower.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking, Discovering new lands, p. 26-27 Trading East and West
  • 100 Viking Facts book - Traders, Explorers and Settlers

Session 6 Can I become part of the Viking invasion?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions.
  • Learn more about the reasons the Vikings invaded.

Computing

  • To develop ideas through information communication technology.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate your learning about Viking raiders by creating your own Viking invasion board game for other children.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To evaluate the success of the Vikings in the context of British history.
  • To use knowledge of the Vikings to solve the Quest successfully.

Children can:

  • Use knowledge to complete a Viking Quest
  • Design a board game to relive how the Viking invasion was
  • Evaluate the board game to a set of criteria

You Will Need

  • Computers or tablets
  • Selection of resources for making: Large boards, coloured pens, paperclips, paper, card, tape, glue, dice, counters