History KS2 / KS3: Vikings home life

Starting in York, once the Viking city of Jorvik, archaeologist Neil Oliver sets out to discover more about Viking home life as he challenges the myth that they were simply marauding, violent warriors in horned helmets.

At Jarlshof in Shetland he finds evidence of an ancient Viking settlement including the remains of a farm and he’s shown some of the extraordinary artefacts found at the site.

These reveal another side to Viking life – as peaceful farmers and highly skilled craftsmen.

In Denmark he spends the night in a reconstructed longhouse to experience how the Vikings and their families survived the cold winter months.

This is from the series Vikings.

Teacher Notes

Children could consider how past civilisations have been stereotyped, or think about how our current period in time will be remembered.

The class could discuss why archaeology is a vital source of information about ancient people and their lives.

Children could use some of the evidence seen in the film to begin to construct their own views of everyday life during Viking times.

Children could also explore the advantages and disadvantages of using reconstructions to find out about the past.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for suitable for teaching KS2 and KS3 in England, Second Level in Scotland and KS1, KS2 and KS3 in Northern Ireland.

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