Invaders and Settlers: Vikings
Viking Trade

Learn about Viking traders, their routes, the items they traded and their markets by taking part in engaging classroom tasks such as a role-play trade game, a 'senses' art activity and a 'Viking Dragon’s Den' challenge.

Session 1 Why and where did the Vikings trade?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

PSHE

  • To understand how groups of people live and work together.

Computing

  • To understand computer networks and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

Teaching and Activities

Learn why and where the Vikings traded; explore the trading routes and then take part in a Viking trade game.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the impact that trade had on people’s lives then and now.
  • To understand relationships within communities.

Children can:

  • Understand Viking trade as an important part of the way of life.
  • Appreciate that this produce can and is used today and the principle of trading is still relevant today.
  • Generate ideas that will improve the outcomes of the trade to make it more successful.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking p. 26-27 Trading East and West
  • 100 Viking Facts book- p. 14-15 Traders, Explorers, Settlers
  • Scissors for each trader

Session 2 Did the Vikings invent something that they could trade?

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

English

  • To organise and adjust what they say, including the use of spoken language, to the needs of their listeners and any communication technology being used.

Computing

  • To design, and write programs that accomplish specific goals.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate the items traded by the Vikings and take part in a ‘Viking Dragon’s Den’ scenario.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate the importance of trade in the past and now.
  • To plan and give an effective presentation.

Children can:

  • Understand Viking trade as an important part of the way of life.
  • Appreciate that this produce can and is used today and the principle of trading is still relevant today.
  • Think of ways to improve the original invention for modern day.

Provided Resources

  • Dragon’s Den resource
  • Sales pitch frame resource
  • Feedback on pitch resource

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking p. 26-27 Trading East and West
  • 100 Viking Facts book p. 14-15 Traders, Explorers, Settlers

Session 3 What might trade be like in Viking times? The Market Place - A journey of the senses

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

Art

  • To record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques in painting.

Teaching and Activities

Learn about Viking markets and create a vibrant ‘senses’ painting.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate importance of trade.
  • To understand the impact that trade had on people’s lives then and now.
  • To show empathy with this time.
  • To use artistic techniques to create an atmosphere.

Children can:

  • Show empathy with the Viking market place.
  • Create artwork that tries to show feelings through the media of paint.
  • Make constructive suggestions on the artwork of others.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking p. 26-27 Trading East and West
  • 100 Viking Facts book p. 14-15 Traders, Explorers, Settlers
  • Art paper (large sheets)