Year 6 had another fantastic visit out of school today at NTU working with a range of people at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age and the creative learning team at the Nottingham University Museum. In the morning, we experienced a carousel of Viking themed activities and we transformed ourselves into archaeologists in the afternoon. It was fascinating to see all of the Roman artefacts! What was your favourite part of the day?
Think back over our learning this term. Have you enjoyed finding out about the Vikings? What has been the most surprising thing? What has been the hardest? What has been the best thing of all?
I’ll start us off: I have REALLY enjoyed our work this term because it’s a long time since I’ve taught a topic on Vikings and this time, we did it more about battles and raids rather than day-to-day life. For me, the most surprising thing was finding out that a lot of our laws today originated in the Viking and Saxon era. I couldn’t believe how many similarities there are! The hardest thing (in my opinion) was the work we did on converting measures but we approached it like warriors and our Viking themed maths certainly helped us with this, I think. We got there in the end! I really enjoyed the lesson we did researching place names – I was very proud of the way you all worked on that but best of all was without doubt the Viking Day! I loved every single minute of it. Thank you, Year 6, for an epic first term together 🙂
There is a meeting called for all Saxons. What kind of punishments might the following law-breakers expect:
Siggy is rumoured to be practising witchcraft.
Floki stole a sheep from Horik and there is need to prevent a blood feud between the families.
Athlestan has killed a slave (not his own)
Using your learning from today, suggest a punishment to fit the crime!
What sorts of things did the Vikings eat? Do you fancy making a prediction on what we might be cooking during our Viking Immersion Day on Thursday? I promise it won’t be horse or ox 😉
What can you discover about Alfred the Great? What are his notable dates? What’s his story? Do agree that he was a great king? You might want to begin your research here and then share what you’ve found out.
Year 6 had an epic day today visiting Jorvik to discover more about Viking raiding and battle tactics. It was a little bit brutal and and a little bit gruesome but tons of fun! We’ll need to be careful from now on that we don’t get on the wrong side of Warren Ironside and his Bearded Axe; he’s trained and ready, willing and able to take you down!
Now that you’ve written your diary entry for Loki, could you write one for Iduna about the same events? Remember to include her thoughts and feelings: what her thoughts were when the trees started talking; whether she ever trusted Loki in the first place and how she felt when she was captive in Jotunheim. Can you include any humour too?
Can you discover more about the Viking raids that took place in Britain? When did they begin? Where did they attack? What were their raiding tactics? Prove your understanding by putting your research in your own words. Rewards are available for each new fact…
Well done to both classes (and parents and carers) on two superb topic launches today: both morning and afternoon activities produced fantastic engagement from you all and I think I’m right in saying you’re all geared up for the term ahead now! Share your thoughts here about today and maybe any ideas for how we might hold the topic review at the end of term. We revealed that Bjorn the Dragon Slayer needs bringing to justice… what might ‘justice’ have been like in Anglo Saxon and Viking times? King Athelstan would not have been happy about having the Twist of Fire stolen…