Lessons - Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings

The Nuffield Primary History project ran from 1991-2009 and developed a range of approaches and techniques for doing history with children. The resources produced by the project are all real lessons which have been taught by real teachers. They include guidance on teaching and examples of children's work. Many of the lessons have been developed by teachers as part of their continuing professional development. A narrative style was used to describe the lesson and what happened.  Read more

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  • Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings

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    A series of lessons, exemplars and guides to help you teach your students about the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings.

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  • Teaching Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings in Britain

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings ‘Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings' is the...

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  • Roman Baths

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    Please note: these resources pre-date the current National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. The account tells how we recreated a Roman bath house in the Reception/Year 1 classroom during a ten-week unit learning about the Romans, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Enactive learning - learning by doing. The children...

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  • Roman market (KS1 or KS2)

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    Shopping in a Roman townPart of 'The way of life of people who lived in the more distant past in Britain'. Enactive learning - learning by doing. Over the ten weeks the children handled Roman artefacts, built a Roman road, and created Roman baths and a Roman market. They loved...

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  • The Vikings in Britain: a brief history

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    Viking Age | In Britain: background | Short history | King Alfred | Later raids & rulers | Key concepts < This resource is free for everyone For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of...

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  • Anglo-Saxons: a brief history

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today  Anglo-Saxon period | In Britain | Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms | Areas...

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  • Magic History of Roman Britain

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    The Magic History of Roman Britain by Jon Nichol provides a great deal of information about life in Roman Britain in story form. It tells the story of Sam and Jane, two 21st century children who travel by magic to Roman Britain, and is suitable for the top end of...

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  • Roman Britain: a brief history

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today From the founding of the city of Rome in the...

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  • Viking Burial Mound

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    In this simulation of an excavation, the children investigate a past event and imaginatively reconstruct what happened, on the basis of the evidence uncovered. The lesson is based on a real archaeological dig by Gerhard Bersu in 1946. (These resources are attached below) Two items in the resources are supplied...

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  • Vikings: Egils Saga

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    Key questions in this lesson were: What did the Vikings value?  What can we discover from sagas and poetry? (These resources are attached below) Learning objectives: To introduce the class to another facet of Viking culture - their literature, in the form of sagas and poetry. For the children to...

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  • Viking traders

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    Enactive learning - a Viking trading game to help children understand the full variety of Viking life and culture. They were so much more than the 'vicious Vikings' stereotype. (These resources are attached below) Aims are for children to: learn about the goods traded by the Vikings and the extent...

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  • Viking travel

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    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?...

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  • Vikings settle down

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Resources are available to download at the bottom of the page....

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  • Vikings: who were they?

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today An introduction to a five-week Viking unit for 9- and-10-year-olds. (These...

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  • Sutton Hoo: describing artefacts found

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    Questions addressed in this lesson were: What would you expect archaeologists to find at Sutton Hoo? Why is it important to describe objects precisely? Children developed their language skills by describing the artefacts in as much detail as they could. Large coloured photographs of the Sutton Hoo treasures were used....

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  • Saxon Ship Burial

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    The class had investigated life in Roman Britain. A visit to Dewa Centre in Chester together with class lessons and individual study had given the pupils a good picture of life in Roman Britain. Part of the study had included the decline of Rome and the raids of the Angles,...

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  • Saxon Settlers in Britain

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Saxon Settler involves the children in an interpretation of Anglo-Saxon...

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  • The End of Roman Britain

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    Writing poems in the KS2 literacy hour about the Saxon destruction of a Roman town. (These resources are attached below) Children studied an artist's picture of a bustling Roman market place. The class developed ideas about the Saxon impact upon the town by studying a contemporary Saxon poem, The Ruin,...

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  • Boudicca

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    Pupils asked: Who was Boudicca? What was she like physically and what was she like as a person? What did other people think about her?  What was her fate and why? Pupils studied a document and a picture to learn about a historical person through questioning and close observation of...

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  • The Roman army: Spy!

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    The year 5/6 class visited Julius Caesar's camp before he invaded Britain in 55 BC. I wanted the children to get a clear and full picture of what the Roman army was like, before we worked on Caesar's short-lived invasions of 55 and 54 BC and the Claudian conquest of...

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