1. Find out about Edward the Confessor – Who was he? What did he confess to? Can you present your information about him in a creative way? Poster, fact file, PowerPoint.
2. Research what the Vikings wore in battle and create an advert for one or more of the clothing/accessories for other Vikings to buy. Make as creative as possible!
3. Use the information below, or research some of your own, to create a mind map about all things to do with how Vikings fought. Make it as colourful and packed with information as possible!
How did the Vikings attack information?
The Vikings did not send many ships on their first raids. They made surprise attacks on places like Lindisfarne.
There was no English navy to guard the coasts so it was easy for small groups of Vikings to land on a beach or sail up a river. But it was not long before larger Viking armies attacked Britain. In AD892, 300 Viking ships invaded Britain to fight King Alfred of Wessex. No one knows how big the Viking army was but if there were 20 men in each Viking ship, the army of AD892 numbered 6000! That was a huge army for the time. Most Viking armies were smaller, perhaps 1000 to 2000 men. For Viking warriors, honour and glory in battle were very important. A warrior had to follow his lord or king into battle, or on a raid or expedition. As a member of a loyal band of followers, known as a lid, a Viking could be called to fight at any moment.
In battle Vikings fought on foot. They wore iron helmets, chain mail armour, and carried swords, axes, spears and wooden shields. Vikings were also skilled with bows and arrows. The weapons were made with iron, and often decorated with inlaid, or encrusted silver or copper. The sword was the most prized weapon. A richly decorated one was a sign of the owner’s wealth. Axes with long wooden handles were the most common Viking weapon. A Viking’s weapons were usually buried with him when he died.
4. Use the information from Task 3 to write a letter from a Viking warrior to either his family at home or his friend back home.
Think about how the Vikings speech and formality would change when speaking to his friend rather than speaking to his family. He would sound a lot different! Speaking to his friend, he would probably speak more about the gory and violent stuff!
Use this as a starting point …
This morning’s battle was one of the best! You would have loved it; I wish you could have been here, brother. Don’t worry though. I’m bringing you back all the gold I stole.
We pulled up on the beach at dawn – no one was around. Just us and the rolling waves …
5 .Sketch your own Viking warrior.