National Curriculum Subject Area/s: History, Art & Design, potential for cross-curricular work
Length of session: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Max group size: 32 pupils


  • Understanding that objects can give us information about how people lived and worked
  • Understanding more about the different kinds of materials used by craftsmen
  • Knowledge and understanding of using archaeological evidence to learn about the past
  • Awareness of similarities and differences between life in Anglo-Saxon Britain and today
  • Improved speaking and listening skills


In this interactive session pupils will discover more about where the Anglo-Saxons came from and how we can learn about them. They will find out where ancient objects are found - sometimes in the most surprising places!

Activity 1: Evidence from objects Pupils will handle a range of replica objects that would have been found in burials.They will work as detectives to decide what the objects are and what they are made of.They will then look at an image of a burial and decide where the objects might and been placed and if the skeleton is male or female.

Activity 2: Gallery hunt Pupils will search the gallery for original artefacts highlighting aspects of daily life.They will design a disc brooch inspired by brooches in England.

Activity 3: Writing Pupils will try out writing in runes.