History KS2: Anglo-Saxon Britain (animation)

Life in Anglo-Saxon Britain is shown through the eyes of a typical family.

One of the children is sick, and this is used as a means to explore the different approaches to medicine and medical care in Saxon times.

Which one of them is responsible for curing the sick child?

The epic tale of Beowulf is used to illustrate Anglo-Saxon beliefs and their love of stories.

This is from the series: The Story of Britain

Teacher Notes

Could be used to introduce the Anglo-Saxons and to start discussions on life and medicine during that period.

What did Anglo-Saxons do when they were ill? What did they think caused illness?

Students could be asked to list all the ways Anglo-Saxons treated sick people, using the clip.

Are there any methods we still use today? Which method did the Anglo-Saxon family think cured their son?

Which method do you think cured their son? How effective do you think Anglo-Saxon medicine was?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England and Wales and KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland.

Also Early 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: The Story of Britain

History KS2: Iron Age Britain (animation)
History KS2: New Stone Age (animation)
History KS2: The Vikings (animation)
History KS2: The Domesday Book (animation)
History KS2: The Roman invasion (animation)
History KS2: The Normans (animation)
History KS2: Bronze Age Britain (animation)
History KS2: Middle Stone Age (animation)
History KS2/3: Roman Britain (animation)