In history this term, Year 4 children have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. Today they had a visit from Olaf – not the snowman from Frozen, but a Viking warrior!

To start the day, we pledged an oath to support Olaf in his Viking battle. We were more than happy to help him!

After that, we learnt lots of interesting facts about the vikings and where they came from.

Olaf brought along lots of artefacts too to show us including: reindeer skin, a cow’s horn and a Viking helmet. We also learnt about the Viking markets and trading, games, food, clothing and armour.

As you can see from our pictures below, we even got to try on some of the armour and clothing on.

In the afternoon, we learnt how to sail a Viking ship.

Then, we prepared for battle like a true Viking warrior. It was all about the battle between Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We practiced our ‘javelin’ throwing skills and built a shield wall to protect ourselves.

To end the day we listened to Viking stories by the fire.

What a brilliant day we had! Thank you to Ben from Viking Days for such an enjoyable experience and a big thank you to the PTA for helping fund this fantastic educational day. The children learnt lots about The Anglo Saxons and The Vikings and they enjoyed every second!

Year 4, what was your favourite part of the day and what new things did you learn?





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Amelia · 12th October 2019 at 11:49 am

The battle was hard if you had a shield because they were heavy and hard to balance. It was easier to use the fake spears because you can get through the gaps in the shields . I never knew that it was a myth that Vikings had horns on their helmets. The United Kingdom had 9 countries: Scotland, Essex, Wessex, Northumbria,East Anglia, Wales, Northern Ireland, Sussex and Kent.

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Sasha · 12th October 2019 at 12:23 pm

I really enjoyed learning about the Vikings and learning what they did. I also learnt that the Vikings invaded lots of countries such as Scotland, Wessex, Northumbria, and lots more. My favourite part was when we did the battle the Anglo Saxons vs the Vikings.

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    Leah · 13th October 2019 at 1:30 pm

    My favourite part of the day was when we had a battle, it was so fun. What I have learnt was: you could speak Roman or write people’s names in runes. I also learnt that the Viking builders built a boat out of finger nails and toe nails.

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    Brooke Downall · 15th October 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I liked dressing up and I liked the battle the spears felt light and easy to throw, I had a really fun day but the best part was dressing up am Anglo saxon lady .

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Broden · 13th October 2019 at 11:10 am

I really liked the Viking Olaf. He was funny and I learnt lots of new information about the Vikings. I also learnt about Scotland, Wessex and Essex.

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Lilli-mae · 13th October 2019 at 3:07 pm

I enjoyed when we did the trading because Olaf would sell things and he would give you something in return for the money or an Arm ring.
5 Facts:
The film stories weren’t correct.
Vikings believed in the god Odin.
Saxons were Christians.
Loki had 1 daughter and 2 sons.
Loki was married to a witch and they had ugly children.

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James Caffrey · 13th October 2019 at 4:32 pm

I enjoyed ‘Viking Day’ because I learnt what ragnaroc means. It means the end of the world. I didn’t know that Loki wasn’t Thor’s brother and Loki had two sons and one daughter. My favourite part of the day was when we had to fight the vikings in the playground. I liked having the shield because it was easier to use than the spear.

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Harry · 14th October 2019 at 11:03 am

I really liked it when we had to shut our eyes when we were pretending that we were on a Viking ship and we had to rock around and the film ragnarok wasn’t the same as real life.

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Lucas · 14th October 2019 at 11:03 am

I loved every part of it, especially when I had to wear the really heavy armour.

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Lucy · 14th October 2019 at 11:18 am

I loved the battle and playing the game. It was the best day ever

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Isla · 14th October 2019 at 11:21 am

I loved learning about Scandinavia and it’s cold, rocky and muddy surroundings! My favourite parts were when we had the big, massive battle, and when Olaf told us that super cool story, and the game was so cool as well! In general, it was one of the best days ever!

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Riley · 14th October 2019 at 11:26 am

It was so cool I loved it.

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Corey · 14th October 2019 at 11:35 am

It was really fun and I learnt how to form a shield wall

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Poppy · 14th October 2019 at 4:43 pm

I really liked when the viking came in he was very funny. I think the best bit about it was when we had the battle and the story telling at the end of the day. I hope we do something like this again because I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot!

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Amy · 14th October 2019 at 7:23 pm

I liked it when we did the battle it was funny. I liked hiding behind the shields and hitting people on the head with foam sticks. I learned so much about the Vikings!
It was a really fun day!.

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Kyle · 15th October 2019 at 7:37 am

I really liked the Viking experience because I liked the battle and made a formation out of the shields.

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    Zack · 15th October 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I really liked the vikings coming to school. My favourite bit of the day was vikings against Anglo Saxons and the story which was told to us was really good. The pictures and video was really good too.

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Olafr Grimsson · 15th October 2019 at 10:04 am

It was an honour to go viking with so many wise and brave felagi! Everyone got involved throughout the day, I was well guarded during our lunchtime feast and the enthusiasm of the children was infectious. I will see you all in Valholl, may the gods of Asgard be with you all.

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Amelie · 15th October 2019 at 6:17 pm

I loved it all i learnt how to form a shield wall and write my name in viking letters

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Nate Whitehead · 16th October 2019 at 7:39 am

I enjoyed the Viking day at school because it was really fun. My favourite part of the day was when we battled in the playground, and we used shields and swords. I now know that the Anglo Saxon’s won the Vikings in battle by working out how to defeat them. If the Vikings had won we would all be speaking a different language and life in England will have been different.

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Lewis carney · 16th October 2019 at 8:49 am

Hi , I really enjoyed working on Viking’s , loved working as class doing Viking boar , also loved doing battles , I learnt you can’t grow crops cause of mountains

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Joel · 17th October 2019 at 8:31 am

I enjoyed the battle the most and also the trading in the class I felt like I was a Viking. If I was a Viking I would be called Ragnorok.

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