We had an amazing day being Anglo Saxons and Vikings. We went into battle and made a shield wall where we roared at each other across the room. We played a game where we raced across the sea to raid England and learnt all about how we got the names of the days of the week from the old Anglo Saxon and Viking gods.
It was awesome to handle real (but blunt) weapons that would have been used including swords, axes and spears. After break, we became archaeologists and investigated some strange objects and guessed what we thought they were made of and used for. We even got to see how the Vikings would have made fire by creating a spark from flint and steel.
In the afternoon, we learnt how Viking’s used many strategies to navigate the seas and learnt how to row in a Longship. We also played a game where we had to sneak up on the monks (who were actually Miss Baxter and Miss Brown) in Lindisfarne and execute them. It was really funny but luckily they came back to life. We had fun learning about what the Anglo Saxons and Viking ate and how they would have performed a burial when someone important died. They would actually burn them on boats at sea and servants would be sacrificed to travel with their masters to Valhalla (their version of heaven).
A brilliant day we will always remember!
We had a fantastic time going to Greenwich to learn lots more about who the Vikings were. We learnt that they were brilliant at making boats. They had different types of boats that they used for invasion and trading.
Vikings were brilliant traders and we had a go at choosing items to trade with our workshop leader. It was also really funny seeing some of our classmates getting dressed up as Vikings too! The museum has so much to see and do. If you have some time you should pop in and have a look. It’s free!