The Vikings KS2 teaching resources. Use the links to great sites covering all aspects of The Vikings.
Viking Archaeological Remains Video
Presenter James MacKenzie visits the Museum of Scotland to find out what an archaeologist's work involves. An archaeologist, Dr Andy Heald, explains that they find out about the past by digging up objects in houses and settlements. They discuss what objects in the museum reveal about the Vikings. It is obvious what some objects were used for, however others are confusing as parts are often missing or have rotted away.
Viking Food Video
Vikings ate fruit and vegetables, kept animals for food - meat, milk, cheese and eggs - and had plenty of fish as they lived near the sea. Bread was made using a quern - stone tools for hand grinding grain. We know about the Vikings' diet and cooking implements from archaeological discoveries in Viking huts and refuse.
Viking grave Video
In this clip, an archaeologist explains to children visiting a museum why the discovery of a Viking grave is important. This is because in Viking burials, objects important to the person were buried along with the body. These objects tell archaeologists a lot about the buried person.
Viking Life Video
An exploration of life in Viking Britain through the eyes of a typical family. Differing reasons for the Vikings coming to Britain are explored, and relationships between Anglo-Saxons and the Viking raiders are discussed. Also shown is how King Alfred and Queen Aelthelflaed brought a kind of peace to the country.
Viking Longships Video
Orm describes a Viking longship and explains what life was like on board. Long, sleek and fast longships were designed to travel up narrow rivers, and held up to 120 men. On the prow was the head of a fierce creature to frighten the spirits of the land the Vikings were raiding. Orm describes the Vikings' food, sleeping arrangements and how they steered the ship - by sun, stars and knowledge passed on by earlier raiders.
Viking Sagas Video
This collection of Viking Sagas is told by Loki, Viking god of fire...and expert mischief-maker.
First Loki relates how Odin creates the world - making Jotunheim for the giants, Midgard for humans and Asgard for the gods themselves and finally connecting Asgard to Midgard with a rainbow bridge.