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History- The Vikings – Vikings in Britain

This session looks at the Vikings in Britain, the relationships between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings and how the country found an element of peace.

Step 1:

A couple of classic Horrible Histories songs to get you started:

Horrible Histories - Literally: The Viking Song

The Vicious Vikings belt out a soft rock classic from the brand new series.

Horrible Histories Viking Simon & Garfunkel Parody

Step 2:


Next, watch this video to gain more understanding about the Viking influence on Britain:

Life in the Time of the Vikings | The Story of Britain | BBC Teach

Suitable for teaching 7-11s. Life in Viking Britain is shown through the eyes of a family, with an exploration of the reasons for Vikings coming to Britain. ...

Step 3:

In response to the video and knowledge gained over the previous weeks of learning, have a go at answering these questions, ensuring you provide enough detail:

  • Why did the Vikings come to Britain?
  • How did the Anglo-Saxons react?
  • Would you say the Vikings were 'pushed' from Scandinavia or 'pulled' to Britain?
  • How safe was Britain to live in during the 9th century, in your opinion?

Step 4 (Optional):

If you have enjoyed this Viking unit you may wish to have a go at this final task. Write an extended response to the question below, thinking historically and using your prior learning to help you:


  • Did the Vikings make Britain a better place to live in?


If you’re proud of your work please feel free to submit this to your class teacher on epraise.