The Vikings are Coming!
Year 5 Autumn 1
Children will learn all about the Vikings and the impact they had on the British Isles. They will look closely at Scandinavia, in particular Norway, and investigate all aspects of Viking life.
- Arguably the best place in England to learn about the Vikings is The Jorvik Viking Centre in York. It may take a few hours to get there but it is a fantastic, interactive day out full of fun things to do. http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/
- The British Museum in London is free to enter and has wide range of Viking artefacts. http://www.britishmuseum.org/
- Derbyshire is the only county in the West Midlands to have been conquered by the Vikings, there are two burial sites. One at Repton held the graves of about 249 warriors, whilst the 59 barrows at Ingleby are thought to be a war cemetery of the Viking Great Army of AD 873-878. You can see Artefacts from the burial sites at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. derbymuseums.org
- Make a visit to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London, part of Royal Museums Greenwich. http://www.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum
- Go to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see HMS Victory and The Mary Rose as well as other fantastic nautical sights and museums. http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/
- Go legging at on the Dudley Canals (did you know Birmingham has more canals than Venice, 35 miles compared to 26 at Venice!) at the Dudley Canal Trust, near The Black Country Museum. http://dudleycanaltrust.org.uk/
- Take a walk along the beautiful canals of Walsall, how many different boats will you see? https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/walsall-canal
- Visit one of the many Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) museums. http://rnli.org/aboutus/historyandheritage/museums/Pages/our-museums.aspx
- Spend the day at Walsall Arboretum and try out the new swan pedalos.
- Enjoy some Scandinavian food at Ikea!
- Watch TV! Horrible Histories have some brilliantly funny Vikings sketches on their show.
- Read some of the traditional Norwegian stories suggested in the ‘Read it!’ section, try writing your own Norwegian fairy tale or folk tale.
- Imagine you are a Viking and have just landed at Lindisfarne. What are your thoughts and feelings about leaving your home? How do you feel about Great Britain? What do you think is going to happen?
- If you’ve had a Viking inspired day out, write about it and share your thoughts with the people who took you.
- Have you been trying to get fitter for PE? Keep an ‘Active diary’, include all the physical activity you do and write about what you enjoy the most.
- Research different Viking gods and goddesses, can you write your own story about them? Don’t forget to include, paragraphs, different openers and connectives and a wide variety of punctuation. Dazzle everybody with your choices of words!
- Norwegian Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)’ by Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe is a wonderful collection of traditional Norwegian folk tales the whole family can enjoy.
- ‘The Norse Myths (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)’ by Kevin Crossley-Holland is another collection of Norse folk tales.
- ‘D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths’ by Ingri d’Aulaire is a superb collection of Norse myths.‘Norse Gods and Goddesses’ by Jeff A. Menges is a fantastic colouring book full of facts and information as well as beautiful illustrations of Norse gods and goddesses to colour in.
- ‘Horrible Histories: Vicious Vikings’ by Terry Deary is the Viking edition in the highly popular Horrible Histories books series.
- ‘You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Viking Explorer’ by Andrew Langley lets you become a Viking explorer.‘Viking (DK Eyewitness Books)’ by Susan Margeson is an expertly complied non-fiction book full of facts and a free clip-art cd.
- ‘National Geographic Kids Everything Vikings: All the Incredible Facts and Fierce Fun You Can Plunder’ by Nadia Higgins is another great non-fiction book.
- ‘Illustrated History Of 151 Video Games’ by Simon Parkin will give all budding gaming designers something to get their teeth into.
- ‘The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokémon and Beyond : the Story Behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World’ by Steve L. Kent is another great book all about gaming.
Work it out!
- Learn about how the Vikings used numbers on this website. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/numeric-reckoning.shtml
What floats and what sinks? How do we know if something will float or not? What forces are at work when things float or sink? What do boat designers need to think of before designing a boat? These are just some of the things that will be explored in science this half term.
Talk about these things as a family and find out what you already know.
- Try a simple experiment at home, put various objects into a tub or bowl of water (no electrical items, check with Mum or Dad first!), make a list of which sink or float.
- If you were a millionaire and could design your very own dream cruise liner what would it include, a cinema, swimming pool or playground? Maybe a fast-food take away or a zoo! Draw a picture of your dream boat.
- Make different boat shapes out of folded paper or clay, which shape is best to make your ship float? Remember to keep your test fair by always using the same amount of paper or clay. Write up the results of your experiment afterwards, what did you find out? Draw your different boat shapes and make notes about which designs were good and which were bad.
- Here are some investigations you can try out at home http://www.primaryscience.ie/media/pdfs/col/design_a_boat.pdf
- Play this game all about sinking and floating. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/digger/5_7entry/8.shtml
- Watch this cool science experiment you can try at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzsORE0ae10
- This website has lots of information and facts about sinking and floating. http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-sink-and-float/
- Here’s an experiment you can try at home, why do lemons float and limes sink? Print off the instructions and try it yourself. http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/floating-lemons-and-sinking-limes#
- This website has six games about investigating sinking and floating. Why not give them a go? http://interactivesites.weebly.com/float-or-sink.html
The Vikings were only in Britain for a comparatively short time, they well and truly left their mark on the British Isles.
- To start off with talk about the Vikings as a family, what do we know about them?
- When were the Vikings in Britain? Why not cut a sheet of A4 paper into two pieces length ways, sellotape them together to make a long strip and use it to make your own timeline of Great Britain from the Roman Invasion to modern day, where do the Vikings fit in? How far away are we to when they lived here?
- What legacies did the Vikings leave behind? Can you find any evidence of them still in Great Britain today? Lots of place names in Britain have names that originated from the Vikings, try searching for places ending with: -thorpe, -thwaite, -toft, -keld, -ness, -by or –kirk. Visit this webpage for a clue! http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/who-were-the-vikings/named-after-the-norse-viking-place-names/
- Explore what Great Britain was like at the time of the Viking invasion. How were the British Isles split up and who lived where? Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Maybe you could draw a Viking and an Anglo-Saxon and label the differences.
- You could make your own Viking or Anglo-Saxon costume at home, have a look for any old checked shirts you could cut up. Remember to get some photos to bring into school. The whole family could join and you could have a ‘Viking feast’ eating the sort of foods that Vikings ate. Try these costume tips for easy costumes:
- Viking or Saxon Warrior
- A long sleeved, oversize plain T-shirt, brown is best.
- A thin belt or any strip of fabric to tie round your waist.
- A pair of plain dark leggings or jogging bottoms
- Plain dark shoes or short boots
- Viking Lady
- A plain coloured long dress or top and skirt
- A plain long tabard-style apron (this can just be a rectangle of fabric or an old towel with a hole cut in it for the head)
- A thin belt
- A pair of round or oval badges or brooches, one to be worn on each side of the chest just below the collar bone
- A string of beads to hang between the two brooches
- Plain dark shoes or short boots
- Hair plaited in a single plait at the back
- Anglo Saxon Lady
- As above, but without the tabard/apron dress and brooches. The beads can be worn as a necklace instead.
- A plain headscarf
- Who was Alfred the Great? Write a biography of him, find out as much information as you can. Once you’ve written your biography play “hot seating”, pretend to be Alfred the Great and get your family to ask you lots of questions about him.
- There are loads of great videos about the Vikings on the BBC Bitesize website for you to enjoy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zp9kjxs
- This website is jam-packed full of information about the Vikings. http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/viking/websites.html
- If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in Norway pay a visit to the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, alternatively just pay a visit to their website! https://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/
Children will be looking closely at Scandinavia, in particular Norway and comparing it to the UK.
- Talk about Scandinavia, what countries make up the region? Find Norway on a map, atlas or on Google Earth. Have a look at photos of Norway on the internet, compare natural landscapes of the country to human settlements there, how to they differ? What differences or similarities are there to the UK?
- What is the weather like in Norway? Norway has lots of different areas, is the weather in the north the same as the south? How does the weather there differ to that in the UK? Draw a map of Norway and add weather symbols then film yourself doing a weather report.
- Make a fact file about life in Norway. Find out what Norwegian schools are like. What sorts of food do Norwegian people eat? What traditions and customs do they have? Maybe you could draw a traditional Norwegian costume.
- You could make a PowerPoint presentation about Norway.
- Make a tourism leaflet to advertise Norway as a holiday destination, what features could you include to make people want to go there?
- Find out what animals are native to Norway. Choose your favourite animals and draw or write about them.
For computing children will use a special programme to plan, create, debug and evaluate their very own computer game.
- Make a list of your favourite games that you like to play on the computer/laptop/tablet/phone. What sort of games are they (racing, action, adventure, creative, role-play)? What do they look like? Think about the colours, character design, back-ground design etc.
- Try playing a game that is different to the type you usually play, you could perhaps let another family member choose one for you (ask permission from Mum or Dad before you buy anything!).
- Write a review about your favourite game, include all the things you like about it. What could you say to make other children want to play it?
- Have a look online or play some old games (if your family has an emulator on the family PC or an old console hiding away in the attic!). How have they changed throughout history? Investigate some of the first gaming devices such as the Atari Home Pong, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, the Amstrad CPC 464, the Atari 520st or the original Nintedo Entertainment System or the Sega Master System. Maybe your parents had them when they were younger, ask them about their favourite games.
In art children will be making their own Viking shields and flags and making a clay dragon, inspired by the dragon heads found at the front of Viking longships.
- Can you design and make a flag for your family? What would you have on the design?
- Make your very own Viking shield from cardboard and tin foil. This video shows you how to make shields and swords. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0_Kch7vyEE
- Make your own dragon sculpture. You could use Play Doh or Plasticine or for something a bit more permanent use Fimo or Air-drying modelling clay. You could even make your own salt-dough from stuff in your kitchen cupboards. If you decide to use salt-dough you can paint and varnish it once it’s dry.
- This video shows you how to make salt-dough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Bo1n6_8us
- Or look at this recipe. http://rainydaymum.co.uk/the-quickest-ever-salt-dough-recipe
- This video shows you how to make a dragon from clay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG3qanX-HdE
Children will be making a Viking longship in school.
- Try making a long ship at home with materials you have in your house, if your ship is going to float what key things do you need to think about? This weblink will give you lots of help and ideas. http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/vikings_longship.pdf
- This YouTube video shows you how you can make one (adult help required). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RzxuuzF2aY
- If you’re feeling really brave try making this 8 foot long longship! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUdtpmgRsl8
- Or if you fancy something a little simpler print off this template. http://www.thejorvikgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Little-Diggers-Viking-Activity-Build-A-Longship.pdf
- The BBC website has lots of facts and information about Viking longships. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/vikings_at_sea/
Listen to it!
Year 5 will spend the year having specialist music tuition from our visiting music teacher. They will get a chance to play a variety of different instruments, specifically focusing on keyboard skills.
- Octaves Yamaha Music Point is based in Walsall and proved piano and keyboard lessons for all ages and stages of ability. http://www.octavesyms.co.uk/wordpress/
- com has a list of music tuition available in the Walsall and Wolverhampton area. http://www.netmums.com/wolverhampton-walsall/local/index/after-school-activities/music
For PE children will spend the first half term trying to improve their fitness with various circuit training activities indoors whilst playing hockey outside.
- What do you do as a family to keep fit? Make a list of all the activities you enjoy doing; do you like swimming, playing football, dancing, walking, running, skipping, riding your bike or do you enjoy something else? Have a look at your list, which activities are team sports are which can you enjoy on your own? Are there any sports you enjoy but wish you did more of? Think of ways you could get fitter as a family.
- Do some circuit type activities in your garden, you don’t need lots of equipment, just set up some stations with a different activity at each station. Spend two minutes at each station before moving on to the next. You could try labelling your stations by writing your own name labels onto card. Here are some ideas of things you could include:
- Bicep curls
- Arm circles
- Waist twists
- Bunny hops
- Running on spot
- Skipping rope
- Air punches
- Do you have hockey sticks at home? If so why not have a family game of hockey.
- If you enjoy hockey maybe you could join Aldridge & Walsall Hockey club, look at their website for more information. http://www.awhockey.co.uk/
Year 5 will learn about the religious beliefs of the Vikings, they will compare Pagan and Christian beliefs and investigate the Viking raids on Lindisfarne and Iona. They will learn about the different reasons the Viking targeted the monasteries and what they gained from their pillaging. They will also look at the different gods and goddesses from Pagan Norse religion.
- Browse the Lindisfarne website for lots of information about the history of the island and its Viking related past. https://www.lindisfarne.org.uk/
- The Viking’s religion had lots of different gods and goddesses, look at this website to find out more. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/beliefs_and_stories/ There are photos, videos, games and quizzes for you to enjoy.
- This website has information about different Pagan Norse gods and goddesses, Maybe you could draw one of them? http://www.rosala-viking-centre.com/gods.htm
- You can find out about the Viking monastery raids here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/trail/conquest/viking/loot_01.shtml
- Learn more about the Viking attack on Iona. http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/britonsgaelsvikings/vikingraids/index.asp
- Check out this website to find out about Viking religious beliefs, were they Pagans or Christians? Did any of them convert? http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/vikings/religion_01.shtml
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