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Traders and Raiders Home Learning 

For the Summer term, our topic is 'Traders and Raiders'. Take a look at some of the home learning activities that you can be having a go at, linked to our topic.

Engage Activities

Have a go at some of these engage activities, to hook you into the topic!

Explore these webpages 

To fully immerse you self in the topic why not explore some of the webpages linked below and write down your favourite facts. 

Anglo-Saxons

Vikings

Anglo-Saxons Information

Invaders! 

The year is AD 410 and the once-mighty Roman Empire is crumbling. Sailing across the North Sea, ships land on the beaches of Britannia’s eastern shores. They carry the Saxons, pirate raiders and strong soldiers, greedy for land and ready to attack the Britons. These Germanic warriors travel the seas in small sailing boats, striking coastal settlements and working their way inland.

Challenge the children to make sailing boats, big enough to carry them and their fellow Saxons along with all their weapons, tools, belongings, supplies and farm animals. Each boat must seat at least eight oarsmen, with room for some supplies, and be strong enough to fend off attacks!

Saxon Weaponary

Look at photographs, artefacts and film footage of Saxon weaponry and find out about the terrible damage they could inflict. Decide whether to make a spear, a dagger or a battle axe, making a detailed design and choosing suitable construction materials.

Meeting St Bede

Learn about the famous monk, St Bede (AD 673–735). Discover why he is such an important historical figure. Use a selection of source materials to find out about him and develop a character profile about him and his work.

Viking Shields 

Look at designs of Viking shields online and find out what designs they had one the front. Use a selection of materials from arund the house to help you design and make your own shield. The link below gives you a step by step guide on how to make one. 

How to make a Viking Shield

Rune Stones

Use clay tools and wooden toothpicks to carve letters from the runic alphabet in flat, rectangular soap blocks. You could display your carvings with images of original rune stones. If you are able to, carve a more complex design or story into a clay slab made from an air-drying clay, such as Model Magic, or another soft modelling material. Add paint to the carved out areas of their sculpture to embellish and enhance your work.

 

If you do not have anything to carve rune stones with, have a go at writing words or sentences in the runic alphabet, on paper.

Develop Lessons

These lessons are designed to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding of the topic area. This fortnights focus in on life from AD 600 onwards - The settling Saxons. 

Activity 1 - Let's research! 

Explore the everyday life of Anglo-Saxon settlers. Use historical source materials to build up your information, creating an information board on what you find out. Think carefully about the most effective way to record their historical information on their boards.

You could research homes, farming, food, hierarchy within a kingdom, crime and punishment, beliefs, customs, fighting and clothing. You can use images, drawings and text to create an interesting and informative information board. From AD 600 onwards, the permanent settled population of Britain, a mixture of the indigenous people and the invading Saxons, became known as Anglo-Saxons.

Useful Links 

Viking Cookbook

The origin of some English place names

Activity 2 - Anglo-Saxon Homes 

Design and construct a  model Anglo-Saxon home. Look carefully at images to decide what materials should be used and to discuss how they could be formed.

Note: Anglo-Saxon houses were built with wood and had thatched roofs. At West Stow in Suffolk, archaeologists found the remains of an early Anglo-Saxon village and reconstructed it using Anglo-Saxon methods. They found that the village was made up of small groups of houses built around a larger hall. Each family house had one room with a hearth and fire for cooking, heating and light. A metal cooking pot hung from a chain above the fire.

Useful Links 

How to construct a Anglo-Saxon Home 

Activity 3 - Locating Places 

Use Ordnance Survey maps of the south-west of England to locate the following sites, using the key to identify specific sites and features: Cadbury Castle, the Shropshire village of Wroxeter, Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle, Glastonbury Tor, Tintagel in Cornwall and Slaughterbridge.

 As an additional challenge, locate the six-figure grid reference for each site using the online mapping tool, Where’s the Path.

Useful links 

Ordanance Survey Maps 

Where's the Path

Activity 4 - Saxon towns and villages 

Find out where the Saxon invaders settled in Britain, searching for towns and villages that have names derived from Saxon words. Draw a sketch map of England to show where these towns and villages are located.

Note: One way to trace Saxon settlements is through place names such as -burh, -feld, -ing, -ton, -wick, -den and -ham.

Useful links 

The origin of some English place names