KS2 Educational Resources 

“What can food remains tell us about how Vikings lived?”


Our scheme of work begins with two initial lessons on the Viking period, created to be taught in succession (see links below). Each lesson is focused around a central question.

1. The first question "What can broken pots tell us about what Vikings ate?" focuses on analysis of archaeological sherds which show some but not all of the kinds of food that Viking people ate and how they cooked.

2. The second question "What can Viking food tell us about how they lived?” shows how Viking diets varied between country and town dwellers in Viking Yorkshire, and those living on the coast in Denmark.

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Lesson 1: Vikings

Lesson Plan


Lesson 2: Vikings

Lesson Plan


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