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Who Were The Anglo-Saxons? - A Brief Introduction for Kids

Updated: 3 days ago

Need a quick introduction to the Anglo-Saxons? Here are some rapid fire facts to get you in the know.


Who were they?:

The Anglo-Saxons were a mix of tribes called the Jutes, Angles & Saxons from Germany, Denmark & the Netherlands.


What did they do?:

They invaded Britain and created their own kingdoms.

When did they arrive?:

They came to Britain when the Romans left around 410 AD and claimed the land to be 'Angle-land' (or England!)


Where did they settle?:

The Jutes settled in Kent, the Angles settled in East-Anglia and the Saxons settled in Wessex, Sussex and Essex.


You can find out more about the Kingdoms that Anglo-Saxons made in these regions by clicking here.


Are you a teacher? Yes? Then you'll definitely want Imagining History to bring their 'Anglo-Saxon Training Camp' Interactive workshop to your school.


Our Award-Winning sessions combine role-play, storytelling, demonstrations and drama and performance to bring history to life for your students.


In our 'Anglo-Saxon Training Camp' workshop your students will go shoulder to shoulder with King Alfred the Great in battle. So, we'll teach them how to defeat a Viking Horde. They will:

  • Travel through the timeline of events running up to Alfred the Great's battle with the Great Heathen Army.

  • Take on the role of an Anglo-Saxon and Viking, to learn the differences between them, both on the battle field and off.

  • Endure the very first Viking Raid as a Monk at Lindisfarne.

  • Come face to face with Hurscarl Warriors on the battle field and discover how to defeat them.

  • Transform your school hall into a battlefield to learn how to fight in an Anglo-Saxon shield wall.

Find out more here.


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