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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y5 Term 6 Anglo-Saxons

National curriculum content

Understand the history of Britain as a coherent and chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day. Learn how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. Understand historical concepts such as similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrast and frame historically valid questions. Create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses. 


Lesson objectives

  1. Who were the Anglo-Saxons?
  2. What did the Anglo-Saxons believe in?
  3. Why did Anglo-Saxons bury wealth and not come back for it?
  4. Was Offa, King of Mercians the greatest Anglo-Saxon king?

What we want children to know

  • Ask clearly focused questions of the evidence and realise that interpretations and reconstructions might only be partial views of Saxon England
  • Reach a conclusion based on the evidence they have before them and understand that it is not always possible to reach a conclusion based on what we know
  • Explain where the Anglo-Saxons came from and why they came to Britain
  • Distinguish between ‘push’ factors and ‘pull’ factors as a cause of migration


What skills we want children to develop

  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry
  • Explore the ‘raw materials’ – evidence – of history
  • Explore significance and historical interpretations
  • Create their own structured accounts of history


  • Burh (burgh)
  • Christianity
  • Hoard
  • Interpretation
  • Invasion
  • Martyr
  • Missionary
  • Monastery
  • Monk
  • Pagan
  • Reconstructed village
  • Significant