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Who were the early invaders and settlers of Britain and what can we learn from them?

In this learning challenge we will be looking the invasions and the settling of the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the Normans in Britain.  We will investigate questions like ‘Who were the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans? What battles did they fight? Who were their kings? What was life like in these times? What is their legacy today?


In English we will read together the story called ‘How to train a Dragon’, by Cressida Cowell. This book is about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock 3rd, an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But he wasn’t always liked.  When reading this book we will pay attention to how the author has told the story and the natural themes he used to interest the reader. We will use the story to help us to realise the importance of planning and redrafting our work. We will also read a number of non-fiction texts about the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and the Normans to develop our skill of reading for information.


In Maths we will look at some of the object and structures the Invaders and settlers left behind them to develop our mathematical skills relating to shape, space and measurement. Throughout this learning challenge we will also develop our skills of estimation, geometry and arithmetic.


In Science we will look at how the light source from the Sun and reflected light from the moon played an important part in the lives of these invaders and settlers. We will investigate how light travels, is reflected and how shadows are formed.


In Design and Technology, we will look at a typical Viking diet and make comparisons a modern healthy diet. We will also prepare and cook a typical Viking meal. While in Art we will look at Viking and Anglo –Saxons patterns and symbols to inspire our creativity. And in Computing, we will learn to use technologies effectively and safely to find out what life was like during these times.


In Geography we will compare how the map of Britain has changed since the invader and settler times and we will learn about how many of our place names originate from Viking and Anglo-Saxon times. We will also use four figure grid references and the points of the compass to accurately describe the location these places in Britain. In History, we will study the main Viking raids and invasions of that time (Battle of Hasting and the Battle of Donegeld), Anglo-Saxon laws and justice and about Kings like Alfred the Great and Edward the Confessor.


Finally, in Music we will listen to, play and perform an number Viking Saga songs to develop our musical knowledge of that time.


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St. Joseph's Catholic Primary and Nursery School

90 Oakhill Road

SW15 2QD


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