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Early Anglo-Saxons Set


 
Archaeology Sheet

This sheet describes a number of different fields and asks you to choose which ones you think would be most likely to have interesting archaeology hidden underground. It then asks you to decide which materials you would be most likely to dig up. Lastly you can draw the grass in on a cross-section to show how tall it grows over different features, forming lines seen on aerial photos.

 


 
The Gewissae Sheet

This is a multi-activity sheet. Tell us why this Anglo-Saxon tribe were called the Gewissae, match their kings to the places named after them and identify the scenes on the Long Wittenham Bucket from the list. 

 


 
Saxon & Roman Stuff Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of lots of items that would be familiar to Romans and lots of items that would be familiar to Saxons. Identify each group of items and colour them in two different colours.  Includes teachers' notes.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon Arrival Story Sheet

This sheet shows a cartoon strip telling the story of the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons under King Vortigern of Britain. The speech bubbles, however, are blank and you must fill in what the characters are saying. You could also cut up the six pictures prior to presenting them to those doing the activity and ask them to put them in the correct order. Same as Vortigern's Story Sheet.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon Arrival Sheet

This is a multi-activity sheet. It shows a map of the countries bordering the North Sea and asks you to name the different groups of people found there in the Dark Ages and draw arrows showing how some came to Britain. It also asks for the three Fs that brought the Saxons to Britain: Floods, Fighting & Friendship. And there is a pick the Saxon and the Briton lineup. Same as the British Attacked Sheet.


 
Settlements Sheet

This sheet shows a map of an imaginary Saxon landscape with lots of possible sites to build a village. You are asked to make up names for all the villages using place-name words. Then choose the site with the best resources where you would build a village. Includes place-name parts list.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Houses Sheet

This sheet shows a two ancient houses: one Saxon and one British. You are asked what differences you can see between the two. Same as the British Houses Sheet.

 


 
Village Sheet

This sheet shows a bird's eye view of a typical Saxon village. Use page two to choose your occupation and write a descriptive story telling of your experiences as you travel through this village. Can you guess which craftsmen and women live in some of the houses?

Not available as a free sample. 

 

 
 
Saxon Crafts Sheet

This sheet shows the four Saxon craftsmen. You are asked to name the type of craftsmen they are and say what they are doing.

 


 
Saxon Runes Sheet

This double page sheet shows the Anglo- Saxon alphabet and asks you translate the secret messages with your friends.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
What's That Sheet 1

This sheet shows lots of items dug up from Saxon times and asks you to guess what they are. Includes clues and teachers' notes.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
What's That Sheet 2

This sheet shows more items dug up from Saxon times and asks you to guess what they are. Includes clues and teachers' notes.

Not available as a free sample. 

 


 
Saxon Food Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of lots of food items. You must identify which ones were eaten by the Saxons in the Dark Ages. Same as the British Food Sheet.

 


Taefel Game Sheet

This sheet has a game board and rules for playing the ancient Saxon game of Taefel (known in Welsh as Tawl-Bwrdd). Same as the Brirish Tawl-Bwrdd Game Sheet.

 


 
Early Saxon Costume Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of two Anglo-Saxons: A man and a woman from the early Anglo-Saxon period. You are asked to describe how they look different from how we dress today.


 
Brooch Maze Sheet

This sheet shows a picture of the Kingston Brooch from Kent: Gold & garnets from the 7th century, but can you find your way through the maze hidden within?

 


 
Early Saxon Warrior Finger Puppets Sheet

Make six of your very own early Saxon warrior finger puppets with this easy-to-use cut-out sheet. 

 


 
Wild Animal Finger Puppets Sheet

With this easy-to-use cut-out sheet, make three of your very own finger puppets of wild animals now extinct in Britain.

 


 
Dark Age Venn Diagram Sheet

This sheet shows twelve different people from the Dark Ages. By looking at their costumes and weaponry, you must work out which person goes in which section of the triple-circle venn diagram on the next page. You can write their names onto the existing diagram or create a giant one, cut out the pictures and stick them on.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon & British Warriors Costume Comparison Sheet

This sheet shows a Saxon and a British warrior and asks you to look for differences between what they are wearing. Same as the British & Saxon Costume Comparison Sheet.

 


 
Saxon Kingship Sheet

This sheet asks you to think about early Saxon Kings: How they came to power, how they retained their position, why their families were thought to be important and why they moved around their kingdom. The picture shows the Royal Palace complex at Drayton, near Abingdon, in Old Berkshire/Modern Oxfordshire.

 

 


 
Early Palace Sheet

This sheet shows a plan of the Saxon Royal Palace at Yeavering in Northumberland. You must use the descriptions of the buildings to work out what they were used for. Includes clues and teachers' notes.

Not available as a free sample. 

 


 
Saxon Gods Sheet

This sheet shows four Anglo-Saxon gods and a list of their names, each with an identifying feature. You are asked to identify each one and say which ones had days of the week named after them.

 


 
Saxon Goddesses Sheet

This sheet shows three Anglo-Saxon goddesses and a list of their names, each with an identifying feature. You are asked to identify each one and say which one has Friday named after her.

 


 
Saxon Evangelists Sheet

Use the descriptions of the saints and their stories to learn about the holy men who evangelised Anglo-Saxon England. Identify their symbols and the kingdoms they preached in, in this fun logic problem.

 


 
Minsters Sheet

Find out all about minsters and how they were different from monasteries. Answer the questions, fill in the blanks and do some drawing.

 


 
Monasteries Sheet

This three-page sheet shows the Anglo-Saxon monastery at Monkwearmouth in County Durham and lots of monks undertaken different daily tasks. Create a wall mural and add the monks in the correct perspective.

Not available as a free sample. 

 


 
Early Cathedrals Sheet

On this sheet you must work out a plan from an elevation, name the parts of a cathedral, fill in the missing words from the list, check out the bishop's portrait and more.

 


 
Saxon Relics Sheet

Saintly bones and other relics weren't just popular in medieval times, the Saxons hoped they would heal them too. Use this multi-activity sheet to find out all about it while you decorate a reliquary, fill in the missing words, explore the pilgrim's emotional state, play sudoku and more.

 


 

Saxon Gravestone

Use the two alphabets on the second page to write your name on this 7th century-style gravestone, just like the ones found at Lindisfarne and Monkwearmouth.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Letter to King Oswy Sheet

This sheet suggests a scenario from Northumbria during the time leading up to the Synod of Whitby and asks you to write a letter to King Oswy about Bishop Wilfrid.

Late Anglo-Saxons Set


 
Archaeology Sheet

This sheet describes a number of different fields and asks you to choose which ones you think would be most likely to have interesting archaeology hidden underground. It then asks you to decide which materials you would be most likely to dig up. Lastly you can draw the grass in on a cross-section to show how tall it grows over different features, forming lines seen on aerial photos.

 


 
Saxon V. Viking Houses Sheet

This sheet shows a two ancient houses: one Viking and one Saxon. You are asked what differences you can see between the two. Same as Houses in England sheet.

 


 
Trading Towns Sheet

This two-page sheet shows four scenes from a typical 8th century trading town or 'wic'. Explain what's going on in each and use your imagination to describe the sounds and smells as well. 

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon Coins Sheet

This two-page sheet shows examples of 8th century Saxon coins called 'sceattas'. Can you see what's on them? Can you reproduce your own versions?

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon Technology Sheet

Damn clever, those Saxons! This two-page sheet shows four marvellous Saxon machines. Can you work out what they do and, most importantly, how they worked?

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon Haymaking Sheet

This sheet shows a scene from an old Anglo-Saxon document showing haymaking. You are asked to name some questions about it. Can you work out who's doing what?


 
Saxon Food Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of lots of food items. You must identify which ones were eaten by the Saxons in the Early Middle Ages. Same as the British Food Sheet.

 


 
Late Saxon Costume Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of two Anglo-Saxons: A man and a woman from the late Anglo-Saxon period. You are asked to describe how they look different from how we dress today.


 
Senses Brooch Sheet

This sheet shows a picture of the Fuller Brooch from the British Museum, featuring the five senses. You are asked to work out which man represents each sense.

 


 
Saxon Rings Sheet

Rings were important in Anglo-Saxon society. Can you think why? Make your own ring and work out what the symbolism means.

 


 
Late Saxon & Viking Warrior Finger Puppets Sheet

Make six of your very own late Saxon & Viking warrior finger puppets with this easy-to-use cut-out sheet. 

 


 
Wild Animal Finger Puppets Sheet

With this easy-to-use cut-out sheet, make three of your very own finger puppets of wild animals now extinct in Britain.

 


 
Late Saxon Swords Sheet

Label the sword parts. Then take a good look at the fine decoration on this rich sword. Think about the owner and write down what all this tells you about him.

 


 
Saxon Siege on the Franks' Casket Sheet

Here is a panel from the magnificent 8th century Franks' Casket in the British Museum. The scene is a lost story about a siege. Examine the armour and weapons. Then recreate the story.

 


 
Offa's Dyke Sheet

This multi-activity sheet tells you lots about King Offa's Dyke (bank & ditch) on the Welsh border, but you'll need to work out all the details.

 


 
Saxon & Viking Warriors Costume Comparison Sheet

This sheet shows a Saxon and a Viking warrior and asks you to look for differences between what they are wearing. Same as the Viking & Saxon Costume Comparison Sheet.

 


 
Ragnarr Lothbrok's Story Sheet

This sheet shows a cartoon strip telling the story of the Viking, Ragnarr Lothbrok, and the subsequent arrival of the Vikings in Britain and their encounter with King Edmund of East Anglia. The speech bubbles, however, are blank and you must fill in what the characters are saying. You could also cut up the six pictures prior to presenting them to those doing the activity and ask them to put them in the correct order.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Escaping the Vikings Sheet

The Vikings are coming! And you and your village have to escape. What expressions should they have on their faces? How are they feeling? What words could you use to describe the village now?

 


 
Battle of Ashdown Spot the Difference Sheet

This sheet shows two pictures of the Battle of Ashdown in AD 871 when Prince Alfred defeated the Vikings, but the second image has changed and you must find the 12 differences.

 


 
End of the Anglo-Viking Wars

AD 878 was a busy year for both the Vikings and the Saxons. One minute one was ahead, then suddenly it would be the other. Find out all about what happened to King Alfred and how he managed to finally bring the war to an end.

 

 
 
Busy Burh Sheet

King Alfred built forts called Burhs all over Wessex to keep the Vikings out. Use these three pages to put together your own Burh mural. Then add lots of people to make it as busy as possible.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
King Canute Spot the Difference Sheet

This sheet shows two pictures of King Canute presenting a reliquary cross to the New Minster at Winchester, but the second image has been copied wrongly and you must find the 12 differences.

 


 
Thegnly Residence Sheet

There was an official list of criteria that made you a Saxon lord or 'thegn,' many of them related to your home. Examine the plan of the 10th century thegnly residence excavated at Portchester (Hampshire). Then work out which buildings in plan should be identified with the ones depicted in profile on these five pages. Then put together you own thegnly mural.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Late Palace Sheet

This sheet shows a plan of the Saxon Royal Palace at Cheddar in Somerset. You must use the descriptions of the buildings to work out what they were used for. Includes clues and teachers' notes.

Not available as a free sample. 

 


 
Beowulf Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of three scenes from episodes in the story of Beowulf. You are asked to identify each chapter in his life.

 


 
Grendel in Hrothgar's Hall Sheet

Grendel has arrived in Hrothgar's Hall and everyone is terrified! Use this sheet to draw what he looks like before you call for Beowulf's help. 

 


 
Saxon Great Halls in Beowulf Sheet

This is a simple comprehension sheet quoting short passages from the Saxon poem, Beowulf. You must use this to answer four multiple choice questions about Saxon great halls. 

 


 
Saxon Armour in Beowulf Sheet

This is a simple comprehension sheet quoting short passages from the Saxon poem, Beowulf. You must use this to answer three multiple choice questions about Saxon armour. 

 


 
Pagan & Christian Stories on the Franks' Casket Sheet

Here is a panel from the magnificent 8th century Franks' Casket in the British Museum. The two scenes show stories from both pagan and Christian teachings. Can you recognise the Christian one? Can you read the story on the other page and identify what's going on in the other?

Not available as a free sample. 


 
All Change in the Church Sheet

In this multi-activity sheet,  you have to identify the Saxon and the British monk and the pattern of building used for Saxon churches, mark events on the Glastonbury Abbey timeline and order the Glastonbury abbots. Same as the British All Change Sheet.

 


 
Churches Sheet

This sheet shows the Anglo-Saxon 10th century church at Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire and a preacher at the Otley Cross in West Yorkshire. There are some short statements about Anglo-Saxon churches and you must try and fill in the missing words.

 


 
Winchester Style Art Sheet

The first page, of this two-page sheet, shows one of the magnificent illuminated pages from the AD 966 charter of the New Minster in Winchester given by King Edgar the Peacemaker upon its refounding as a Benedictine Monastery. The next page gives notes and close-up views of some of the distinctive features of this Winchester style art, giving you some ideas for how to reproduce 'Christ sitting on a Rainbow'.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
King Edgar Sheet

Find out all about the 10th century King Edgar the Peacemaker and what he got up to: his coronation, his under-kings, his monastic reforms and even his girlfriends! Pick the right answers and let your imagination run wild.

 

Sutton Hoo & the Staffordshire Hoard Set


 
Make a Buried Ship Sheet

This sheet has instructions on how to make a sand ship burial, cover it with a mound and then excavate it. It enables you to understand how archaeology works and to see how, even though the Sutton Hoo Ship rotted away, it could still be seen in the earth.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Ship Burial Sheet

This sheet shows a picture of the burial chamber on board the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. You are asked to use the picture to help you list items buried in the ship that you have previously studied. There are also a couple of questions about what is going on in the picture.

 


 
The Missing Body Sheet

This sheet shows a plan of the Sutton Hoo Burial Chamber, but where was was the body? Was there a body at all? You must decide what area to test.

 


 
What Sutton Hoo tells Us about Saxon Life Sheet

This is a multi-activity sheet. Tell us what the eating & drinking vessels were used for; pick the probable game that the counters were from; pick the pet which had the little bell; and a maths challenge to work out the height of a Saxon great hall.


 
What Sutton Hoo tells Us about Saxon Death Sheet

This is a multi-activity sheet. Tell us what things you would take to the afterlife; how many rowers the man in the Sutton Hoo Ship hired; who he hoped to feast with in the afterlife; and work out whether he was a Christian or a Pagan. 


 
King Redwald Sheet

This sheet shows the man buried in the Sutton Hoo Ship, dressed in full ceremonial armour. Also the wolf man from the Sutton Hoo purse lid which you are asked to decribe. You are asked how we know that the deceased was rich and then to pick his likely identity from a list of kings of East Anglia.

 


 
Animals & Birds on the Sutton Hoo Jewelry Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of the detail on the Sutton Hoo purse lid and cloak clasps. You are asked to identify the birds and the beasts shown. You can also colour them in.

 


 
Sutton Hoo Buckle Sheet

This sheet shows a picture of the great gold buckle from the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. You are asked to examine it carefully and try and find as many entwined animals as you can amongst its decoration. It's more difficult than it sounds!

 


 
Make a Sutton Hoo Helmet Sheet

This six page set of sheets gives you all the parts you need to cut out and make your very own Sutton Hoo Helmet. Comes with full instruction sheet. See photo at the top of this page.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Draw a Sutton Hoo Helmet Sheet

This sheet shows an outline of the Sutton Hoo Helmet. You are asked if you can draw it in the blank space. Looking at a photo of the helmet is advisable.

 


 
Costume & Activities on the Sutton Hoo Helmet Sheet

This sheet shows pictures of the detail on the panels of the Sutton Hoo Helmet. You are asked to examine them and record what you think the people are doing and what jobs they might have. You can also colour them in.

 


 
Christianity at Sutton Hoo Sheet

This sheet shows some of the items found at Sutton Hoo that are thought to be Christian. Can you say why and work out what the Greek inscriptions say?

 


 
Sutton Hoo Treasure Hunt

So much more than a word search. You must find the listed Ship Burial words and identify the shaded letters in them. Make a clue from these & work out where the treasure is hidden. Then mark the route to it on the map.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Saxon Aurochs Sheet

This sheet shows a picture of a Saxon fended off an extinct auroch. You are asked to fill in some missing words and answer a couple of questions about the auroch drinking horns found at Sutton Hoo.

 


 
The Prittlewell Prince's Burial Sheet

This sheet shows the wooden-lined burial chamber of a King of Essex, found at Prittlewell near Southend-on-Sea. There a some short statements about it and you must try and fill in the missing words.

 


 
Tappa's Tump Sheet

This sheet shows Tappa lying in his Tump surrounded by all his possessions. You are asked to use the picture to help you remember what he had buried with him and then list the items.

 


 
Draw the Buried Treasure Sheet

Many Anglo-Saxon hoards of treasure have been found in Britain. Use this sheet to draw in your own dream treasure from this time. Then have a think about why someone might have hidden it back then.


 
Saxon Soldiers from the Staffordshire Hoard Sheet

This sheet shows lots of tiny pictures of armed men worked in gold and found in the Staffordshire Hoard. Can you work out what they tell us about Saxon soldiers?

 


 
Arms & Armour from the Staffordshire Hoard Sheet

This sheet shows a Saxon warriors and asks you to match items found in the Staffordshire Hoard with those that he is wearing.

 


 
Warrior-Wear from the Staffordshire Hoard Sheet

This sheet shows an elaborately dressed warriors worked in raised gold and found in the Staffordshire Hoard. Can you work out what he tells us about Saxon arms and armour?

 


 
Staffordshire Hoard Decoration Sheet

This sheet shows details of four pieces of decoration from various items of the Staffordshire Hoard. You are asked to see if you can guess what animals are shown on them.

 


 
Christian Loot in the Staffordshire Hoard Sheet

This sheet shows some of the Christian items found in the Staffordshire Hoard; but why would they be mixed up with all the military stuff?

 


 
Buckle Decorating Sheet

Here is the outline of a typical rich Saxon buckle, but it has no decoration. Can you fill it in? 

 

Anglo-Saxon Lindisfarne Set


 
St. Aidan's Story Sheet

A multi-activity sheet telling of St. Aidan's arrival in Lindisfarne, including picture story, speech bubbles, a map to colour, blanks to fill in and some thoughts about why Aidan was given the Holy Island. 


 
Lindisfarne Cathedral Sheet

Multi-activity sheet looking at the Saxon Cathedral: finish the plan, draw your own Saxon Church, tell us what it was made of and think about the surrounding buildings.


 
Make a Saxon Mitre Sheet

Two page sheet with templates for making a Saxon bishop's mitre, including Celtic designs for decorating it.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
Who's that Saint? Sheet

Can you identify the Lindisfarne saint from the short descriptions? And what were they patrons of?


 
St. Cuthbert & Friends Sheet

This double page sheet tells how St. Cuthbert was a great friend to all the animals of coastal Northumbria. Read the stories and see if you can explain, in the speech bubbles, how each one helped him at different times in his life.

Not available as a free sample. 


 
St. Cuthbert Finger Puppets Sheet

Make six of your very own finger puppets featuring St. Cuthbert and people from his life with this easy-to-use cut-out sheet. 

 


 
St. Cuthbert's Cross Maze Sheet

When St. Cuthbert died, a magnificent pectoral cross was placed in his coffin. This special version has a maze hidden within its fine goldwork. Can you find your way from entrance to exit? 


 
Monks on the Move Sheet

A multi-activity sheet looking at why the monks left Lindisfarne and went travelling round the country: Work out why, from the suggestions. Mark up the map. Draw a character from Cuthbert's coffin. And what can you tell from the gravestone carvings?


 
Making the Lindisfarne Gospels

Lots of drawing in imitation of the Lindisfarne illuminators. Plus information about how the monks got to that point. Sort out the order, pick the right answers and fill in the blanks.


 
Lindisfarne Gospel Carpet Page Sheet

This simple colouring sheet shows one of the magnificent 'carpet' pages from the 7th century gospels written at Lindisfarne Priory in Northumberland.

Not available as a free sample. 

 


 
Letter after the Viking Raid Sheet

This sheet suggests a scenario following the famous Viking Raid on Lindisfarne in AD 793 and asks you to write a letter to the Archbishop.


 

Saxon Gravestone

Use the two alphabets on the second page to write your name on this 7th century-style gravestone, just like the ones found at Lindisfarne.

Not available as a free sample. 

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