Key Stage 2 History: Anglo Saxons and Vikings
The new curriculum is all very well, but not necessarily very helpful when trying to work out how to teach a complicated and difficult period in British History. Exploring the links below and the resources section will help you discover the important points and useful details that will make topic planning easier and more successful.
The new National Curriculum Programme of Study for History includes the following requirements at Key Stage 2:
- Pupils should continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods they study.
- They should note connections, contrasts and trends over time and develop the appropriate use of historical terms.
They should regularly address and sometimes devise historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity and difference, and significance.
- They should construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information.
- They should understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.
“In planning to ensure the progression described above through teaching the British, local and world history outlined below, teachers should combine overview and depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the content.”
The British History element includes:
This could include:
- Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire
- Scots invasions from Ireland to north Britain (now Scotland)
- Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life
- Anglo-Saxon art and culture
- Christian conversion – Canterbury, Iona and Lindisfarne
This could include:
- Viking raids and invasion
- Resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England
- Further Viking invasions and Danegeld
- Anglo-Saxon laws and justice
- Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066
The entire Primary History Curriculum is available for download here (www.gov.uk website)