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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Winchester Cathedral

Monday morning I opened up the folders to find we had completed all the work in them!  Normally I try and make sure all the prep of worksheets (we only use them for Maths and English) happens during the holidays as easier to do it on bulk and days run so much nicer when it is all there ready.

Anyway decided as this is such a long half term it wouldn’t do any harm to leave Maths and English for a week and we’ve spent the week finishing off our Viking project.  Lots of crafting and reading.

To round it off we visited Winchester Cathedral to see the mortuary chests containing the bones of Canute and his Queen Emma (although no one is sure who is in which chest after the Roundheads emptied them out and they were salvaged by local people).  Of course in the way of these things they were away being restored.  Cathedral though has a really good kids trail, perfect level of information and takes just right length of time and it was a beautiful day where we needed to get out of the house.  We made the most of the journey from an educational aspect anyway.  Spent the journey there reading about Vikings in Britain, the Danelaw, Danegeld and Canute.  The journey back was spent with him recapping what he knew (lots about how they lived, time frame to be worked on).  Public transport has some advantages – not many but some.

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Memorial stone to Canute and Emma.

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Smiling in a cathedral is ‘wrong’ apparently 🙂  Little doorway leads to tunnels under Saint Swithen’s tomb.

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The beautiful West Window.

We then went for a lovely lunch (blackcurrant and vanilla cake – yum!)

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I had intended to go to the City Museum but felt we’d done enough and needed an afternoon in the sun.  So we walked through town to find Alfred the Great and spent the afternoon in Abbey Gardens.

20140612_17Last time we were there he was still at the driving trains age – now he was at the train robber/Bond villain age climbing along the sides :).  Forget what a nice park it is.

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And some photos of the stream as it is just pretty.

20140612_2320140612_2420140612_26And one final photo.  Where as life can be amazingly beautiful when it is in abundance as the photos above show.  In isolation it is just amazing!  Platform of Fareham Station – how determined and hardy is this little thing 🙂

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