Topic 2 - Traders and Raiders (Advent 2)
Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain's shores.
Sail back to the Dark Ages, where battles were rife and fear reigned. find out about the life of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. Meet the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia - never before had such terror swept the land.
Make a Saxon sword or a Viking brooch and decorate it with intricate patterns.
Choose to be a Saxon or Viking and trade your crafty goods. But let's keep it cool - we don't want a fight breaking out!
Are you ready to shine a light on the dangerous and deadly Dark Ages...?
Here are some of the key words we will be using in our learning about traders and raiders:
account afterlife Angle Anglo-Saxon artefact Arthurian
attack battleaxe Britannia charm chieftain conquer
custom Dark Ages defend deity Germanic indigenous
invader Jute kingdom legend longhouse
Middle Ages monk Offa's dyke plunder raiders
Roman Empire runestone Saxon Saxon shore fort scholar seax
settlement skald territory thegn's great hall traders Viking
Ask an adult or look in a dictionary if you don't know what any of them mean.
Land ahoy but beware of those Britons
Here are some photos of the Saxon boats we built as we set sail into our new topic about traders and raiders.
Monk meets Anglo-Saxon invader!
After considering the reaction of an Anglo-Saxon invader and a monk when they first clapped eyes on each other in the year AD 410, the children composed the short conversation that may have taken place!
The Vikings celebrate! There was feasting and storytelling around a warm fire in the school hall as Year 4 discovered more about Viking celebrations. The story was about the Norse God, Thor, and although the elk, puffin and whale had not arrived the thralls served up a tasty meal of sausage, honey, dried fruit, bread and cottage cheese. All washed down with a toast to Odin, Freya, Frey, Thor and Loki.