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VIKINGS OR SAXONS??

Discussion in 'History' started by freshfield, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Will be teaching a mixed Y3/4 class next year. Which of the above would be most suited to this age group? Am also thinking about resources, artefactsand a trip. I am in Warwickshire. Would be interested to hear any views from previously taught topics to guide my decision. THANK YOU
     
  2. I would recommend teaching them both! Perhaps as an Invaders and Settlers topic - you cant really teach one without the other if you are teaching Vikings/Saxons and their relevance to British history. The Vikings invaded, then the Saxons were drafted in to get rid of them. The Saxons got such a good deal out of it that they installed their own kings and ended up settling here.
    When I taught Saxons and Vikings to Year 2, I found that 'Our Island Story' by H.E. Marshall was a really excellent book. Not only did I feel better informed, but the kids loved listening to some of the stories.
    There are also lots and lots of great website, including BBC schools, Espresso and woodlands-junior.
    I can try to find an old plan if you like. I loved this topic, sure you will too!
     
  3. hobgoblintc

    hobgoblintc New commenter

    We do a play all about the Vikings if you decide to go with them. Have a look at our website - www.hobgoblintheatrecompany.co.uk - we do all sorts of stuff.
    Drop us an email or give us a ring if anything takes your fancy!
    Regards
    Dan
     
  4. historyexcel

    historyexcel New commenter

    I am coming back towards the Saxons as a teaching topic. The issue with the Vikings is that, although they have significant cultural impact in Britain, they are an 'other' in British history, an invader who came and went. Saxon on the other hand is a term that is part of British history (whatever that is) in that they migrated and integrated into the history of Britain as a recognised 'indiginous' group in some capacity. I realise I am using very loaded terms and they are not really suited to the topic, but they are an easy way to access my thought process on why the saxons.
     
  5. 10000YearsBC

    10000YearsBC Occasional commenter

    Will they have already covered changes from Stone Age to Iron Age, and the Roman Empire's impact on Britain before Y3/4? Chronologically secure knowledge and understanding, along with clear narratives, is a 2014 NC requirement.

    At some point they have to cover both Saxons AND Vikings - most schools do it in Y5 & 6, ie chronologically.

    Unless of course you're not following the 2014 NC?
     
  6. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    As the thread was started in 2011 I imagine the OP wasn't following the 2014 NC.... :)
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2020
  7. 10000YearsBC

    10000YearsBC Occasional commenter

    Doh! Thank you. Previous poster to me is obviously keen to contribute to a number of threads in this Subject forum - caught me out.
     
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  8. historyexcel

    historyexcel New commenter

    Yeah as I say elsewhere I flag up posts that I find interesting and jump into the conversation where I think they are worth a mention.
     
  9. historyexcel

    historyexcel New commenter

    As it happens I don't follow the 2014 NC, not that I am the OP.
     

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