Resource created by York Archaeological Trust | The Jorvik Group
This resource will help pupils to gain an understanding of the Viking world, by introducing them to characters and artefacts.
- KS2 History: Viking raids and invasion
- KS2 English: Writing narratives, creating characters and settings
- Knowledge of different aspects of Viking life and culture
- Understanding of the multicultural influences at work on Viking York
- Skills to interpret historical artefacts
- How do you think the Anglo-Saxon people felt about the Vikings settling in York?
- Where did the Anglo-Saxons come from?
- What does the word multicultural mean?
- How do you think Viking York was multicultural?
- What symbols would you put on your coins if you were a Viking king or queen?
- Why do you think messages were placed on coins?
- Which artefacts in this resource most interest you and why? (Take a look at the images of the artefacts)
- Art & Design:
Pupils could design a coin, including symbols to express aspects of their lives or personalities. This might include their name and a few words, as well as symbols of things that are important to them.
Pupils could also be asked to draw a pattern around the edge. Viking coins used patterning so that it was easy to see if people had clipped bits of silver off the coin!
- Creative writing:
Inspired by Egill's 'Head Ransom' poem (download the poem text) and their own research into the Viking world, pupils could write their own poem attempting to persuade someone of something.
Ask pupils to choose an object from this resource and create a character from Viking York who might have used or owned it. The character might be like them in some way - or completely different.
Pupils can read through the stories of Guthrun the weaver, Bjorn the beggar and Egill the poet for inspiration.
They can then draw a sketch to show what their character looks like and write a fact-file imagining:
- What job they do
- Where they live
- Who they live with
- What they are afraid of
- Their hopes or dreams
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