History KS2 / KS3: Viking invaders and settlers

Archaeologist Neil Oliver visits three of the most important places associated with the Viking invasion and settlement of Anglo Saxon England.

He starts at Lindsfarne where the Vikings launched their first raid in 793.

In Repton, which the Vikings also conquered, he comes across the site of a Viking fortress and some of the extraordinary objects found in the grave of the Repton Warrior.

In York, once the capital of Danelaw, many more amazing Viking artefacts have been uncovered.

More intriguing still is evidence of the continuing legacy of the Vikings – place names and everyday words which all have their roots in the Viking language.

This is from the series Vikings.

Teacher Notes

Children could list the objects that are important to them and compare this with some of the items found in the Repton Warrior’s grave.

What do these objects tell us about the Repton Warrior? What clues are there that he was very important?

The clip could be used as part of an enquiry into Viking settlement - ask the children what some of the sources in the clip tell us about the invasion and settlement of Anglo-Saxon England.

Ask the children to highlight the Viking place names on a local or regional map and begin to plot the extent of Viking settlement there.

Explain how the Vikings still influence us today, especially through language, and how they were more than just invaders and great warriors.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching History at KS2 and KS3 in England, Second Level (Scotland) and KS1, KS2 and KS3 in (Northern Ireland).

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