Saxon Britain, Year 4 Summer 1 Activities

Saxon Britain

Year 4 Summer 1

Year 4 topic Saxon Britain will focus on the changing face of Britain during the decline of the Romans and the Anglo Saxon invasion. They will investigate who the Saxons were; what they did to survive and why they chose Britain to live in. In Science they will be learning about the digestive system.


Do It!


Write It!

  • Write a newspaper front page for the invasion of the Saxons. What eye-catching headline will you think of? Use powerful and exciting language to sensationalise your story.
  • Write a story set in Anglo Saxon times.
  • Write a poem about Alfred the Great.
  • Write a play-script about the Anglo Saxon invasion.
  • Write a letter to a friend using Anglo Saxon runes instead of English!
  • Write an Anglo Saxon alliteration poem.
  • Write an acrostic poem about teeth or the digestive system.
  • Write an information leaflet about looking after your teeth.
  • Design a poster about having a balanced diet.
  • Write a menu for a restaurant that only sells healthy meals.
  • Write a ‘Then and Now’ comparison of the West Midlands today and during the time of the Anglo Saxons.


Read It!

  • Read the famous epic poem Beowulf. Try the new adaptation from famous children’s author Michael Morpurgo.
  • ‘The Smashing Saxons (Horrible Histories)’ by Terry Deary, is part of the very popular Horrible Histories book series.
  • ‘You Wouldn’t Want to be an Anglo-Saxon Peasant!’ is a humorous look at the Saxons by Jacqueline Morley
  • ‘Anglo-Saxons & Vikings (Usborne History of Britain)’ by Hazel Maskell, is a non-fiction book about the Saxons.
  • ‘The Anglo Saxons (British Museum Activity Books)’ by Reeve and Chattington is a fun activity book by The British Museum.
  • ‘Art and Culture (Discover the Anglo-Saxons)’ by Moira Butterfield, will inspire children to learn more about art of the Anglo Saxon people.
  • ‘Everyday Life (Discover the Anglo-Saxons)’ by Moira Butterfield, will help children understand more about the everyday lives of normal Anglo Saxons.
  • ‘Religion and Saints (Discover the Anglo-Saxons)’ by Moira Butterfield, will let children learn in more depth about Anglo Saxon religious beliefs.
  • ‘Kings and Warriors (Discover the Anglo-Saxons)’ by Moira Butterfield, goes into more detail about Anglo Saxon Kings and Warriors.
  • ‘Your Digestive System (Searchlight Books: How Does Your Body Work?)’ by Rebecca L. Johnson, is an interesting book about how your body processes the food it eats.
  • ‘The Lucky Escape: An Imaginative Journey Through the Digestive System: Volume 1 (Human Body Detectives)’ by Dr. Heather Manley, is a brilliant book about the digestive system told in the style of a story about characters that transform so small they can actually enter the human body!
  • ‘Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy’ by Francesca Simon, is a funny story about teeth that kids will love.
  • ‘Rainbow Magic: Early Reader, Tamara the Tooth Fairy’ by Daisy Meadows, is a lovely tale from the popular Rainbow Fairies series.
  • ‘All About Teeth (Healthy Teeth)’ by Mari C. Schuh, is a non-fiction book about teeth.
  • ‘Snacks for Healthy Teeth’ by Mari C. Schuh, will help children make good choices about the foods they eat.
  • ‘Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World’ by Selby B. Beeler, is a fascinating book that chronicles various traditions from around the world associated with losing your teeth!
  • ‘Food (Eyewitness)’ by Laura Buller, is a factual book all about food and healthy eating.


Work It Out!

  • Did the Anglo Saxons have money? Investigate…
  • What areas of land did the different kingdoms of Anglo Saxon Britain cover?
  • What was the population of Britain in Anglo Saxon times compared to today? Find out then work out the difference.
  • Invent and make your own Anglo Saxon board game.
  • Make a time-line of Great Britain.


Investigate It!

Year 4 will be learning about food, teeth and the digestive system. They will find out about the journey food takes through the human body and what happens to it, they will be able to name different parts of the digestive system and what they do. Children will also learn about the different teeth that humans have and their jobs. They will learn about the different types of food and what they do for us. They will find out about healthy eating and what makes a balanced diet.


Remember It!

Children will learn about what happened to Britain when the Romans left and how it changed when the Anglo Saxons arrived. They will compare Britain during the Roman and Saxon periods and look at the similarities and differences between the two. They will learn about evidence left behind by the Anglo Saxons such as the burial grounds at Sutton Hoo.


Compute It!

Year 4 will get the chance to create their very own computer game using code in a special computer coding program designed especially for children.

  • Do you play computer games? What different types do you play; MMO (massive multiplayer on-line), RPG (role-playing games), strategy, simulation, adventure, puzzles, action, educational, sports or creative games? Find out about the different types.
  • Research the history of gaming, what computers first allowed you to play games? What were the first games consoles made purely for gaming? Ask your parents if they used to play computer games when they were younger, what consoles or computers did they have and what were their favourite games?
  • Write a review of your favourite computer game.
  • The Wikipedia page on computer game history is a great place to start if you want to find out more:
  • Learn more on the website of the Computer History Museum in California, USA:


Create It!

Year 4 will make their own Anglo Saxon artefacts and pottery.


Make It!

Year 4 will design and make their own bread brand. They will design the packaging and think about the ingredients before writing a recipe.

  • This website has lots of fun recipes for all types of bread, from rolls to pretzels:
  • Make a list of as many different types of bread as you can, challenge your friends to see who can find the most.
  • Look on the internet for different types of bread from around the world such as croissant from France and focaccia from Italy. What sort of bread is popular in Ghana, for instance? How about Paraguay or Papua New Guinea?


Get Active!

For PE children will be playing cricket, tennis and a variety of invasion games. Some children will be taking swimming lessons.


Understand It!

For RE Year 4 will think about the importance of food in religion. They will learn that some foods are not permitted to be eaten in some religions such as; Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Judaism and why they cannot be eaten. They will also think about different religious ceremonies, such as fasting for Ramadan or Lent and compare them. They will then think about food in the wider context and what it means to not have any food.

  • Do you have a religion? If you do are there any foods you can’t eat? Do you know why? Talk about it with your family.
  • Compare the Muslim period of Ramadan to the Christian period of Lent. How are they different, how are they the same?
  • What special events happen at the end of Ramadan and Lent? What festivities take place and how are they celebrated by the followers of each faith?
  • Can you think of any other special religious dates and foods associated with each festival such as: Easter, Christmas, Eid, Hannukah, Vaisakhi or Diwali. Find out what typical foods are usually eaten on these dates.
  • Some religions require only certain foods to be eaten on certain days, such as the Sabbath for Jews or Fridays (especially Good Friday) for some Christians (though this practice is not widely followed anymore). Find out about the foods that are permitted and why those days have special conditions.
  • There are thousands of other religions around the world. Investigate different religions from around the world, do any of them have special conditions when it comes to the foods they can and can’t eat?
  • What does the word famine mean? How do you think it would feel to be starving? Talk about it with your family, often we say we’re starving but are we really?
  • Write a poster, leaflet or newspaper article trying to persuade people to donate to charities that provide food or the means to get their own food.
  • What is a food bank? Have you seen or donated any food to any food bank collection points in your local supermarket? Find out what they do and why.

Click here for the Saxon Britain Parent Information page.

Click here for Saxon Britain Homework page.