In Year 4 this half term, our topic is called Raiders and Traders. During this topic the children will investigate and answer the question: Were the Vikings really as bad as everyone thinks?
The children will find out where the Vikings came from and what their countries were like. They will discover why they decided to leave their homes and come to the UK looking at the natural resources the country offered.
They will look at the difference between settling and invading and study different description of Vikings to see how they vary. The children will then learn about Viking raids, focussing on Lindisfarne. They will look at Alfred the Great and how he reacted to the Vikings and decide whether he deserves the title ‘Great’. They will learn about Danelaw and how that helped shape the UK into the country it is today. The children will then finish the unit by drawing together all of their knowledge to give their own opinions to the initial question ‘Were the Viking really as bad as everyone thinks?’
Our models of Viking long boats