Invaders and Settlers: Vikings
Viking Way of Life

Research Viking farm settlements. Make and label a carefully researched model of a longhouse, weave simple cloth, make a leather pouch and then host a Viking meal for parents and carers.

Session 1 The Vikings settled

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.
  • They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.

PSHE

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

English

  • To adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role.
  • To become more familiar with and confident in using language in a variety of situations and for a variety of role play situations.

Teaching and Activities

Take part in a Viking family role-play and learn about how the Vikings worked together and made decisions.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To recreate a typical Viking family scenario in relation to developing a new settlement and develop empathy with people of the Viking period.
  • To work together in groups to make decisions, explain reasoning and listen to others.

Children can:

  • Understand the Viking hierarchical system.
  • Show empathy with Viking freemen/woman and how decisions are made.
  • Investigate reasons Vikings moved to new settlements.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking
  • 100 Viking Facts - Kings and People book
  • Plastic/wood/metal rod for leading The Thing
  • Viking hierarchy resource (see weblink 3)

Session 2 The Viking home

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.

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.

Design and Technology

  • Apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures.
  • Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.

Teaching and Activities

Research Viking longhouses; write a Viking estate agent description; design and make a group longhouse model.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To make comparisons between the Viking home and our own homes.
  • To investigate the reasons why the Viking home was the way it was.
  • To use persuasive writing features in describing a Viking house in estate agent’s details.
  • To use non-fiction writing features and labels.
  • To analyse the way Vikings built their homes and to trial similar ideas in their own designs.

Children can:

  • Compare materials used for a Viking Longhouse with modern day materials.
  • Observe the key features of a Viking Longhouse.
  • Persuade others to want to live in a Viking Longhouse.
  • Design and build own longhouse.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking At Home
  • 100 Viking Facts - The Vikings at Home book
  • Usborne Who Were the Vikings? –What were the Viking houses like? book

Session 3 On the Viking farm

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.

PSHE

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

Computing

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

Design and Technology

  • To use knowledge of what makes a balanced nutritious meal.

Teaching and Activities

Study Viking farming and typical Viking food; taste Viking food and design a nutritional meal using Viking-style produce.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To investigate Viking farming and the choices farmers made in the food they produced.
  • To work together in pairs to make decisions about recipes that could be found on the Internet using Viking produce.

Children can:

  • Understand Viking farming methods.
  • Investigate the produce grown in Viking times.
  • Appreciate that this produce can be and is used today.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking
  • 100 Viking Facts - Farmers, Fishers and Hunters, book p. 20-21 Food and Famine
  • Usborne Who Were the Vikings? book – p. 14-15 What was Viking food like?

Session 4 A job for everyone!

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions and use them to make connections, analyse trends and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives.

English

  • To discuss writing similar to that which they are planning to write in order to understand and learn from its structure, in this case diary entries.
  • To go into role as if they were Vikings, explain reasoning and listen to others.

Computing

  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices.

Teaching and Activities

Explore Viking jobs and record everyday events with photography and a diary.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the different roles for Viking family members.
  • To write in the style a diary entry to explain a day in the life of a Viking child.

Children can:

  • Show empathy with Viking men, women and children.
  • Compare own lives with those of people in other times.
  • Write in the style of a diary and use digital imagery.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking p.30-31 Women and Children, p.42-43 In the workshop
  • 100 Viking Facts book- p. 22-23 Women and Children, p. 28-29 Skilled craftworkers

Session 5 Fashion week - Viking style!

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions and use them to make connections, analyse trends and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives.

Design and Technology

  • Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately.
  • Select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities.

Teaching and Activities

Investigate the clothes worn by the Vikings and then design and make a pouch of leather, hessian or flax.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To understand the different roles for family members and appreciate how these roles impacted on the lives of Viking people.
  • To follow a set of instructions to make a Viking pouch/purse and critique, evaluate ideas and the work of others.

Children can:

  • Investigate materials used for Vikings clothes.
  • Make a Viking pouch following a set of instructions.
  • Evaluate the design and making techniques that have been used.

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking p. 30-31 Women and Children, p. 44-45 Spinning and Weaving, p. 46-49 Jewellery and Brooches
  • 100 Viking Facts book- p. 24-25 Clothes and Jewellery

Session 6 Welcome to our Viking home!

Objectives

History

  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
  • Ask historically valid questions and use them to make connections, analyse trends and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives.

Computing

  • To appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.

Design and Technology

  • To use design techniques, consider the aesthetic appearance of an object.

Teaching and Activities

Consolidate your learning about everyday life by planning a meal for visitors, dressing up and playing Viking games.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To demonstrate empathy and understanding for the Viking way of life.
  • To create a simple design using weaving techniques.

Children can:

  • Understand Viking way of life.
  • Investigate the produce grown in Viking times.
  • Evaluate their learning and understanding.

Provided Resources

  • Simple Viking costume
  • Board game Hnefatafl
  • Taste test
  • Viking or not game
  • Weaving instructions resource or craft looms
  • Feedback and evaluation resource

You Will Need

  • DK Eyewitness book – Viking p. 50-51 Games, Music and Stories
  • 100 Viking Facts book- p. 34-35 Games, Music and Sport
  • Usborne Who Were the Vikings? book – p. 16-17 What did the Vikings do for fun?
  • Wool