These resources are aimed at KS2 pupils studying the Vikings, some are stand-alone resources and others are activities.
The Vikings were some of history’s most famous seafarers, using their ships to explore, raid and trade across their known world. These resources investigate the Vikings through the ships they built, how they were able to navigate them safely, what they would trade and the clothes they wore. The Viking era is generally recorded from around the year 800 until around 1100. In Britain it is often recorded as being from 793 to 1066.
The Vikings used their ships to travel far from Scandinavia. This Map shows the world that the Vikings knew (modern country names included to make the map easier to understand, even though these countries did not exist at the time).
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Ships were incredibly important to the Vikings. They built different ships for different jobs. Two of the most famous were Longships and Knarrs.This investigation aims to help pupils learn about these ships by looking at am image and using these to consider how the Vikings would have used them. There are also background information cards that can be used by teachers or pupils to learn more about ships, shipbuilding and how the Vikings were able to safely navigate these ships across seas and oceans.
The Vikings were not only raiders attacking and stealing goods but also traders, swapping items and even enslaved people to gather goods which were immensely valuable on their return home. This activity investigates what was valuable to the Vikings by considering what a Viking trader would take with them and what they would aim to bring back.
It is hard to know exactly what Viking clothes looked like, but we can gather some evidence from images and archaeological digs. These resources look at what men and women might have worn in the Viking Era. There is also an activity to try dying fabric in the same way as the Vikings using natural dyes.