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
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