KS3 The Vikings

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					Unit 2: Who were the Vikings and what was life                                                                                                                                          History
like in Viking Britain?                                                                                                                                                                    KS3

About the unit                                                                                     Prior learning
                                                                                                   This unit builds on awareness of the passage of time in the history of Britain and the different
Through this unit teachers can help pupils’ to continue to explore aspects of the passage of
                                                                                                   sights, sounds, smells and tastes of life in the past that was beginning to be developed in
time in the lives of human beings and to compare and contrast the lives of people in the
                                                                                                   KS2 .
distant past with their own lives.

                                                                                                   Language for learning
Pupils will be encouraged to identify the differences between the lives of the Romans and          Through the activities in this unit pupils will be able to hear and understand and some pupils
the Vikings. They will be able to look at and touch the clothes worn by Viking men and             will use words to describe the lifestyle of the Vikings. They will communicate through word,
women and handle objects used by the Vikings. They will also listen to sounds and music            movement, sound or eye contact.
associated with the Vikings. They will be encouraged to explore the sights, sounds and
smells of life in Viking Britain and use words, pictures or symbols to tell the story of aspects
of the lives of Viking men and women.                                                              Resources
This unit will continue to support the development of thinking skills in sequence and change       Resources include:
and comparing and contrasting.                                                                           A visit to Jorvik or the Danelaw village
                                                                                                         A Viking evidence box
                                                                                                         Website materials: bbc.co.uk/education/vikings
                                                                                                         Picture cards of the Vikings
Where the unit fits in
The unit is designed to help pupils to build on work done in KS2 on the Roman invasion of          Out-of-school learning
Britain and helps pupils to become aware of the chronology of British history. The units are       Pupils and parents could:
designed to help the pupils’ gain an understanding of the passage of time and to promote
and strengthen an understanding of historical change.                                                      Visit Viking sites

Expectations                                                                                       Future learning
At the end of this unit                                                                            Pupils will go on to build on the skills and concepts developed in this unit throughout the key
                                                                                                   stage and will continue to develop skills in recognition and sequencing of different periods in
All pupils will: begin to experience aspects of the lives of others in different periods in the
                                                                                                   British history through units 1 and 3. They will continue to focus on the lifestyles of people in
  past. They will have the opportunity to experience a range of historical sources including       the past in comparison to their own.
  handling objects and taking part in visits to historic sites.
Most pupils will: learn about aspects of Viking life and handle Viking objects and clothing.
A Few pupils will: Select some differences between the lives of the Vikings and their own

 LEARNING OBJECTIVES               POSSIBLE TEACHING ACTIVITIES                                                     LEARNING OUTCOMES                POINTS TO NOTE
 PUPILS SHOULD LEARN                                                                                                PUPILS

Who were the Vikings and what was life like in Viking Britain?
                                                                                                                        Pupils show an ability to
       To locate on a timeline   • Have a class timeline showing the history of Britain – stick pictures of the
                                                                                                          st             recognize pictures of
        the period when the         Vikings on to the timeline to show when they lived. Start with the 21 century
                                                                                                                         the Vikings and people
        Vikings invaded and         and physically move the pupils back along the line to gain an impression of
        settled in Britain          when the Vikings lived. Have on the line pictures from the previous units of
                                    work on the Romans and Wartime Britain.
                                                                                                                        Some pupils are able to
       to locate on a map                                                                                               hold Viking objects
                               • Look at maps of the areas the Vikings come from and pictures of the
        where the Vikings came
                                 countries. Explore models on the longships and make dragon figure heads.
        from and to recognize                                                                                           Pupils begin to show
        how they came to                                                                                                 recognition of the
                               • Experience a typical day in a Viking village by visiting Danelaw or Jorvik
        Britain by looking at                                                                                            differences between
        pictures and models of                                                                                           aspects of Viking life
                               • Handle Viking objects and compare them with everyday objects today.
        their longships                                                                                                  and life today
       To experience aspects • Feel, touch and wear examples of the clothes worn by Viking men and
        of their life in Britain by   women and compare them with the clothes we wear today.                            Pupils begin to explore
        visiting Jorvik or the                                                                                           objects and respond to
        Danelaw village and         • Make and taste examples of Viking food.                                            tastes and sounds
        handling Viking objects,
        eating and smelling                                                                                             They are beginning to
        Viking food and wearing Look at pictures of people today and Viking people with support try to sort              develop an awareness
        Viking clothing              them into categories                                                                of the passage of time