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Smashing Saxons and Vicious Vikings - Spring 1

The Smashing Saxons and Vicious Vikings

This half term we are taking a journey through history and looking at the 'Smashing Saxons and Vicious Vikings'. Through looking at how they lived and where they are from, we hope to experience the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in a range of ways. Viking day will also be a fantastic chance to explore the Viking culture and get parents involved in our crafts, making viking bread, viking jewelry and looking at the viking gods.


We will be looking at the Vikings in particular, through the text of 'How to Train your Dragon', and creating our classroom to be an immersive experience of the 'Isle of Berk' 

During Creative Context day, we created our classroom by painting the windows to represent the view from the Isle of Berk. We also drew a map of Berk, that all the children had a part in creating. Finally, we finished our classroom off with painted dragons flying overhead, to give our classroom the true 'Berk' atmosphere. 

Creating our Classroom.

After creating our 'Isle of Berk' we had an imagineering session, where we walked around Berk and experienced everything Hiccup described in the book; the cold winds, the razor blade grass, the awful smell.

Here are some examples of the setting descriptions the children have written about Berk, along with the map to remind you of how it looks.

Isle of Berk Description

After Imagineering around Berk, we looked at the dragons that would inhabit the 'Meathead Islands' and all created our own dragons, created a top trump card for them and wrote about our meeting them. Here are some examples of the children's work.

Dragon Descriptions

We started off of our history topic looking at the Anglo Saxons and their different settlements in Britain. Here is some examples of the children's work showing the Anglo Saxon Kingdoms, Main towns and key features of an Anglo Saxon settlement.

Anglo Saxon Settlements

For DT this half term, we are looking at making our own Anglo-Saxon and Viking bread and soup. We started off this adventure by first trying lots of different ingredients present in Anglo-Saxon food and doing a taste test. We then decided what we liked and didn't like and, most importantly, what we would want to put in our soups.

Trying Anglo Saxon Food

In our writing, we then started to look at the story of 'How to Train your Dragon' and the children decided to re-enact the chapter of 'Catching our first dragon', ,which then helped the children to write a recount of the events. The drama included climbing up a mountain, finding the dragons and trying to steal them, waking them up and being chased down the long windy tunnel then, jumping off the cliff to escape the dragons. The children had a lot of fun recreating the events and it really helped with their writing, as they had experienced it themselves.

Catching our first dragon

We then moved on to training our dragons, as we had captured very disobedient dragons, similar to Toothless. The children again took part in a drama lesson where they each took turns being the Trainer, Supervisor and Dragon, and got to try their hands at training the dragons and log their results. This then helped the children write their own instructions for how to train your dragon.

During History, we started to look at the jobs around the Anglo-Saxon villages, and how people would contribute to the way of life. This lead us to writing these job adverts for different jobs in an Anglo-Saxon village and thinking about what traits they would need to have to be good for the job.

Finally, to round off the Anglo-Saxons, we created a poster fact-file, using lots of different facts we have learnt about the Anglo-Saxons so far. Here are some examples of the children's work!

Anglo-Saxon Poster Fact-File



To start off looking at the Viking's in History, we decided to have a whole day celebrating the crafts and life of the Vikings. To do this, we had a Viking day, where we dressed up and took part in a variety of activities to get us engaging with the Vikings. 


The first thing we did was make Viking bread. We invited our parents in to help us and as a class we all followed our recipes and made a roll of Viking bread each. We then ate it with honey at the end of the day!


Here are some examples of the rolls we made and the recipes we used. Our recipes are similar to the authentic remains of one found in Berka, Sweden. If you're curious, feel free to give the recipe a go! But be warned, the children definitely found it tasted better with some honey afterwards!


Viking Bread Recipe

Next, we looked at Viking jewellery and designed and created our own using terracotta clay. Here is some pictures of the children in action, creating their pieces of jewellery.

Making Viking Jewellery

Finally, to finish off our Viking day, we looked at the Vikings Religion - Paganiam - and the gods they believed in. We then created our own gods to add the their pantheon and wrote Viking Myths based around our own gods and their relationship to the already existing gods, such as Thor, Odin and Freyja.

Creating own our Viking Gods


Thor's Missing Hammer!

After creating our own Viking Myths, we did some drama around a famous Viking Saga called 'Thor's Missing Hammer'.


In this story, Thor's hammer goes Missing as it is stolen by the King of the Giants 'Thyrm'. Thor asks Loki to go and find it and when Loki does, he asked Thyrm what Thor would need to do to get the Hammer back. Thyrm replies that he would need to marry Freyja, the goddess of beauty and love. After hearing this, Loki returns to Asegard and tells Freyja and Thor this. As Freyja refuses to marry Thyrm, Loki suggests the brilliant idea that Thor dress up as Freyja and trick Thyrm, This is all agreed and Thor dresses up as Freyja, and just before he marries Thyrm, he grabs his hammer back and hits Thyrm on the head. 


The children really enjoyed acting out this drama and we got a lot of laughs out of seing our 'Thor's' dress up as 'Freyja' to entice the giant king. Here are some pictures of them in the middle of their drama.


Thor's Missing Hammer

In history, as we have moved on to looking at the Vikings, the first thing we did was learn about where they came from and where they settled in Britain. Here are some diagrams the children made of the Viking migration.

Where Did the Vikings Come From?



In PSHCE this half term, year 5 are looking at risks and safety in our life. Due to the presence of the internet in our children's lives at the moment, we decided to focus on internet safety as our first focus. We looked at the dangers and how to stay safe, as well as what they could encourage others to do. From this, we made a poster with the information we had learnt. Here are some examples of the children's work.

E-Safety posters

Science - Working Scientifically


In Science this half term, our focus has been on the National Curriculum's objectives of working scientifically. This has given us the scope to do some really fun experiments with the children, while also teaching them key skills like taking readings, doing a fair test, hypothesising an outcome.


The rainbow experiment, shown below, was finding the acids and alkalis in our household liquids, using homemade red cabbage indicator. We talked about what acids and alkali's were and then what they could expect to see happen to the red cabbage water when they were mixed. We then all did the experiments as a class, measuring out the same amount of liquid to create a fair test, and all logged our results. 


The children had a lot of fun working scientifically and loved the range of colours from our household items like sprite, vinegar for our chips, mouthwash, salt, bicarbonate of soda and regular tap water. 

Rainbow Liquids Experiment