Captivating illustrations of Viking life, rituals and death are captured in the new online resource from the London Grid for Learning Viking Adventures at the British Museum, created in partnership with the British Museum to educate Key Stage 2 pupils about this significant period of history. Primarily designed as a history resource, Vikings meets national history curriculum criteria for pupils to study the “Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor”. The resource is also suitable for cross-curricular use in Computing, Design and Technology, English and Geography. Viking Adventures at the British Museum is available to all schools connected to the National Education Network.
This striking resource began life as an educational film screened in cinemas around the UK. It not only includes original footage from the film, but also new, exclusive LGfL footage of curators handling Viking artefacts in the British Museum, plus high-resolution images of real-life Viking artefacts and a comprehensive glossary of Viking terms and words. The resource is split into 8 modules; Archaeology, The Viking Ship, Raiders and Conquerors, The Vikings in Britain, Social Life, Looking Good, Trade and Industry, and Magic and Religion, allowing students to easily access specific topics and information.
Resources for teachers include curriculum mapping which allows filtering by topic, key stage and subject. Explanatory texts and cross-curricular lesson activity plans are also included along with a resource bank which can be used by specialists to design their own learning pathways or by non-subject specialists to supplement existing knowledge.
Commenting on the new resource, Patricia Wheatley, Head of Creative Broadcast at the British Museum said, “The British Museum is delighted to have worked with the London Grid for Learning on Viking Adventures at the British Museum. Viking Adventures at the British Museum will bring the stories of the Vikings to life through unique objects from the British Museum’s collection and share them with a wider audience that may not be able to see these objects anywhere else. Through this partnership, the London Grid for Learning has created an exciting new resource that helps make it possible to communicate and share our collection with teachers and schools in a variety of ways.”