The (not so) Dark Ages
Bringing History to Life Beyond the Classroom
Welcome to the not quite so dark, Dark Ages! Discover many of the significant changes in Britain after the Romans that set the scene for the nation we know today. Despite being characterised by a relative scarcity of historical and other written records, the work of historians and archaeologists in recent decades has revealed a much more vibrant and familiar world than some may think.
What might the day include?
Anglo-Saxon or Viking days are a great opportunity for children to come to school in costume. As ever the emphasis is on having FUN, using artefacts, role-play, and games to teach history in an engaging and meaningful way. An Anglo-Saxon or Viking day can include any or all of these topics:
o Mongrel Nation: a history of the migration period, European and British identity;
o Who’s who: how to tell an Anglo-Saxon from a Viking;
o Linguistic legacies: how we got our surnames, place names, county names, days of the week, etc;
o Should I stay or should I go: are you a raider, trader or a stay-at-home?
o Early medieval society: everyone has their place;
o Of Gods and Goddesses: myths, legends, beliefs and customs;
o Riddle me this: a favourite past time;
o Kingebats: a game for all, or preparation for war;
o Get dressed for battle: what this season’s best dressed warrior is wearing;
o 1066 and all that! Would you make it as a warrior in the shield-wall?
o Cabbage killers: a chance for all to “dissect” vicious vegetables...with an axe!
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