Saxon Settlers in Britain

Lesson Plans (KS2)

By Jon Nichol, published 6th December 2010

Saxon Settler settlement game

Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here.

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Saxon Settler involves the children in an interpretation of Anglo-Saxon settlement. It uses the medium of a settlement game to introduce the children to both the multiple causal factors involved and the chronology of the settlement period.

By the end of the game the pupils develop an idea of the settlement pattern of Anglo-Saxon England. Interestingly, the fragmentary and inchoate pattern of settlement that the simulation produces matches the most recent academic interpretations of the period.

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