Historic Workshop



We cover a huge amount about the Anglo-Saxons by handling weapons and equipment, handling real artefacts from the time and taking part in Anglo-Saxon activities like having a meeting called a Witan. The highlight of the day is where the children take part in battle formations and tactics!

​As always, we will aim to provide a full day’s worth of activities for up to 3 classes, because anything less, isn’t really an ‘Anglo-Saxon Day’ for all involved, is it?

The workshop begins with an introduction from an Anglo-Saxon warrior! The warrior will talk about the weapons, shields, helmets and armour they have with them. They will demonstrate how these were used during Anglo-Saxon times.

The rest of the day is then mostly taken up with our incredible hands-on and highly-engaging sessions.

  • Battle Formations and Tactics – the workshop leader will train the children on how to fight like an Anglo-Saxon warrior and they will even get their own spear and round shield to use during the activity!
  • Anglo-Saxon Board Games – the children will get to play two of the most popular games of the time, 9 Men’s Morris and Tafl.
  • Archaeology – the children get to sift through sand trays to unearth real artefacts that have been buried in England! Some artefacts date as far back as Roman times!
  • The Witan – a ‘Witan’ was the name of an Anglo-Saxon meeting, where all free people met to decide the fate of their settlement. The children will take part in their own Witan in this exciting Powerpoint-based session where their decisions will have consequences… Can they keep all three classes of Anglo-Saxon society happy? Will they make the right decisions?
  • Anglo-Saxon Artefact Investigation – the workshop leader will show the children a range of replica Anglo-Saxon artefacts and demonstrate/describe how they would be used. Children will see how fires were made, how clothing was made from animals, what the Anglo-Saxons would drink out of, how they looked after their appearance and more. There may also be a chance for a couple of young Anglo-Saxons to dress up! Depending on the timings and the number of classes taking part in the day, there may also be other talks/presentations about the Anglo-Saxons.

Anglo-Saxon Workshop Schedule

9:00 - 9:40
9:40 - 10:30
Battle formation and tactics
10:30 - 10:45
10:50 - 11:20
Weapons and equipment
11:20 - 11:55
The Witan
12:00 - 13:00
13:05 - 13:25
Anglo-Saxon society
13:25 - 14:15
Archaeological dig
14:15 - 14:50
The Viking threat
14:50 - 15:00
Final review

‘The day was engaging, highly interactive and used lots of child-led learning. It brought light to the Dark Ages!’  

Simon Whiteley

Year 5 Teaching Assistant, Lawns Park Primary School, Leeds

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