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Cotmanhay Junior School

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Y6 Term 2 Vikings

National curriculum content

  • Inspire children’s curiosity to know more about the past
  • Be taught about a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends their chronological knowledge beyond 1066


Lesson objectives

  1. Who were the Vikings and where did they come from?
  2. Understand why so many Vikings settled in Britain
  3. Explain the importance of the Lindisfarne raid
  4. Explore Viking warriors
  5. Write a Viking saga


What we want children to know

  • What happened on Lindisfarne on June 8th 793 ad
  • How the Anglo-Saxons reacted to this Viking raid
  • Why the Vikings left home
  • Vikings were traders as well as raiders
  • Where Vikings settled in Britain
  • That the Vikings themselves left very little written evidence
  • That evidence is usually one-sided
  • Sagas are not necessarily true in every detail


What skills we want children to develop

  • Research, select, organise and communicate findings
  • Understand how knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • Explore the significance of a key individual
  • Understand how contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.



Anglo-Saxon chronicle, Danelaw, hoard, longship, monastery, monk, Norse, Saga, Scandinavia, Vinland