Vikings

We’ve been drifting for a bit with this so when I forgot to prepare last week’s maths and English it was the catalyst we needed to prioritise it.

Display of our crafty Viking offerings.
Display of our crafty Viking offerings.

Where we went

We started off the project with a visit to the British Museum’s exhibition and ended with a trip to Winchester Cathedral.  I considered a trip to Bosham so we could have a play at being Canute failing to turn back the tide but decided that was overkill and unfortunately York is just too far.

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What we did

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Work sheets from David Ford (I wouldn’t recommend them though,  the Anglo Saxon stuff is really good but not these so much).

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Made a timeline from index cards and pegs (the cards will be added to our timeline box – another post there)

20140615_2920140615_30We worked our way through Hands on History Vikings, reading the content and making the crafts (with some tweaks of course).

Treasure Chest
Treasure Chest
Story Stone - featuring Thor and his hammer.
Story Stone – featuring Thor and his hammer.
Viking tunic dyed with onion skins
Viking tunic dyed with onion skins
Elvis the Viking with a papermache helmet, a card sword and a paper plate shield.
Elvis the Viking with a papermache helmet, a card sword and a paper plate shield.
And some weapons for Sam - card sword was a precut one from Baker Ross with a card shield with a foil covered yoghurt pot glued on for the centre.
And some weapons for Sam – card sword was a precut one from Baker Ross with a card shield with a foil covered yoghurt pot glued on for the centre.
War banner
War banner
Dragon ships figurehead
Dragon ships figurehead
Weather vane
Weather vane
Merchant scales
Merchant scales
Thor's hammer cast from plaster of paris - it is all my fault it looks more like an arrow.
Thor’s hammer cast from plaster of paris – it is all my fault it looks more like an arrow.
Tafl boardgame - click on the pic for how to play
Tafl boardgame – click on the pic for how to play
Viking apple juice
Viking apple juice
Vikings writen in runes - if we'd have had time we'd have had a go at carving them in a plaster block.
Vikings writen in runes – if we’d have had time we’d have had a go at carving them in a plaster block.
Cup like one found in a burial cache
Cup like one found in a burial cache
Lego longship
Lego longship

After researching buildings and townships, built a Minecraft Viking settlement.

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We read

(pics are links to Amazon)

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(actually we didn’t use this but only because I forgot about it until we were tidying yesterday – I do like it!)

 

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We watched

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Turned out to be a lot of fun.

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3 thoughts on “Vikings”

  1. Stunning:) I particularly like Elvis sporting his Viking helmet – what fun.

    I totally relate to the forgetting about books thing – I do it all the time often finding a helpful book days later. I’m guessing that your bookshelves are as busy as ours!

    Thank you for sharing this with this weeks #homeedlinkup. I have really enjoyed reading the post 🙂

    1. Book was filed under art not history! Last year I got rid off hundreds of books that I thought I was unlikely to use as it was just getting too hard to keep track of them. I decided to thin it right down to just a few good ones for each topic so I could find them. Worked for a while but unfortunately I can’t seem to stop buying more.

  2. Wow, you have done so much! I really enjoyed reading your post. It looks like you and your son had a really fun time. (We have just bought that history wallbook by the way!).

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