How did the Vikings travel so far?
Using photos to investigate a Viking longboat. (See Gokstad ship for links to photographs.)
Key questions were:
- What state might the remains of this Viking longboat have been in when the archaeologists discovered them?
- Why do you think this Viking longboat was built?
- How do you think it was built?
The work was done during the literacy hour. The focus is on using pictures of Viking ships and a non-fiction text (Viking topic book) as sources of historical information, and on whole class discussion, questioning and evaluation.
Background information for teachers