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Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

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Raiders, Traders or Settlers? Week 1 - w/c 08 June 2020

This week we are delighted to be welcoming some of you back into the classroom (and we look forward to seeing all of you again as soon as it’s safe to do so.)  Going forwards, we want to ensure that everyone continues to have access to the same lessons so we will be sharing as must as possible on here that your friends are doing in school.  You should do the work set for the given week as much as possible. 

Starting today, we are embarking on an adventure into the past where we will look at Vikings in history and in literature and consider if they were Raiders, Traders or Settlers?



Begin by looking carefully at the knowledge organiser below. Think about what you have already learned about this period in history (Romans, Anglo Saxons). Consider what skills you will be using as you explore and learn more.

This week's learning is about the attack on Lindisfarne because it actually happened on 8th June AD 793. Watch this short video to learn more about this

1. Evidence and Stereotypical Views of Vikings

Learning Objectives:

I understand the part religion played in the interpretations and response to the raid;

I understand how bias in evidence can lead to stereotypical views of the past which need to be reconsidered

Much of what we know about that past is based on evidence of what people have said and recorded but this can be subject to bias – what does this mean?

For example, a peace-loving monk is bound to describe the attack on Lindisfarne in a certain way and be extremely shocked at the level of violence.  Below we have given you three accounts of the attack – one is a FICTIONAL account from Brother Cuthbert, but the other two pieces of evidence, from Simeon and Alcuin are genuine evidence from the time.  Look carefully at the language used in these three accounts - how are the Vikings described and how is the attack understood; pay particular attention to any mentions of religion.

Write a short report on what similarities and differences you can see in these reports and what this tells you about the opinions of the writers.  How trustworthy is each source? How accurate is each source likely to be? Can we use these as definite proof of what all Vikings were like?

2. Why did the Vikings attack Lindisfarne?

Read the quotation below from a respected historian. What else can you find out through independent research about what was important about Lindisfarne and why the Vikings travelled so far to raid it.  What role did the desire for status and success symbols play in their decision? Are these still motivating factors for people today?

If you are researching on the internet, make sure you are using a safe search engine that is appropriate for children, Kiddle, for example. 


How to Train Your Dragon

You may have seen the popular film but the original book is VERY different – so get ready to forget what you think you might already know. 

Below we have provided a PDF of the prologue and first chapter.  Read this very carefully and look for clues in the writing about the characters of Hiccup and Snotlout.  Draw these two characters and annotate them with evidence that you have spotted in the text as well as any additional things that you believe you can infer from what you have read.

Remember – you are thinking about what you have read from this section of the book NOT anything you have seen in the film and NOT anything you know from having read more of the book. Stick closely to the text.


Super Sentence Stackers – Belly Flop

This week’s lesson in called Belly Flop. As in previous weeks, you need to watch the You Tube lesson with Mrs C then choose one (and only one!) part of the story to tell and write nine sentences about that plot point.  Your sentences should be the very best that you can do and must address three key challenges:

  • A complex sentence with an embedded relative clause using who
  • Repetition (three times)
  • Description of sound

Listen very carefully to the lesson as it will really help you to produce your best work; do what you are asked – no more, no less.

Send your nine sentences to us at remembering to include your name, your class and the plot point you have written about. We can then weave all your work together and share our combined story. 





Make sure you check Spelling Frame every week and complete the set tests as well as playing the games regularly to improve your spelling generally.  Can you include any of this week’s words in your sentence stacking task?

Alfie B is currently heading the Year 5/6 leader board overall but Alfie R has scored the most points in the last week.



The chapter we have shared from How To Train Your Dragon includes pictures by Cressida Cowell (who both wrote and illustrated the book).  She made a point of drawing in a style that would be familiar to children and that they themselves might be able to copy.  Have a go at drawing the characters that you have met so far, in Cressida’s style.  There are some great video lessons to help you: