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Boston St Mary's RC Primary Academy

Boston's Catholic School

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.