St Nicholas Church of EnglandPrimary Academy


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Vocabulary: Christianity, conquer, danegeld, invasion, monastery, monk, pagan, raid, reeve, Scandinavia, wattle and daub.


In the Invasion project, we will explore the effects of the Roman withdrawal and the chronology and geography of subsequent invasions.  Next we will study the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in detail, examining their reasons for invading, their settlements and their everyday life. We will also look at monasteries and why they were important before examining the Anglo-Saxon legacy.

Next we will consider how we know about life in this period and investigate the Sutton Hoo ship burial. Before learning about Athelstan, an Anglo-Saxon king, and what happened after his death, before ending the project by learning about the Norman invasion of 1066.

As part of the innovate stage of the project the children will  be presented with the following information and will work together as real-life historians to investigate the evidence and present their findings!

During an archaeological dig at Coppergate, York, North Yorkshire, between 1976–1981, an exciting hoard of over 40,000 Viking artefacts was found. The artefacts included personal objects like cloak pins, brooches, dice, spoons, ice skates and combs, as well as other tools, roof tiles and animal bones. Your task is to analyse the artefacts and evidence from the dig and use the information to present an edition of the Ancient Times  about the Coppergate dig. Let’s get started!

The JORVIK story

Find out more about the Coppergate dig below!