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Why did the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons struggle for the kingdom of England?

In this history driver, we will be exploring the history and geography curriculum through the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. As Historians, we will continue to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, establishing clear narratives within and across the periods we have previously studied in year 6 and before. Revisiting chronological knowledge will help us to embed this knowledge in our long term memory through exploring connections, contrasts and trends over time.

Through an in depth study lasting the duration of the summer term, we will learn about 

the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor, Viking raids and invasion, resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England, further Viking invasions and Danegeld, Anglo-Saxon laws and justice and Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066.


As geographers, we will revisit our geographical skills of using maps and atlases to locate where the Vikings travelled from and the routes they took, where the invaded and the impact upon Britain. We will also discuss the human and physical characteristics of these locations. 


Through revisiting and progressing our skills and learning, these golden nuggets of knowledge will be embedded in our long term memories!