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Preparing for the Anglo-Saxons Workshop

The workshop will start no later than 9.30. I will arrive about 9.15 and start setting up for the warfare craft activities.


If you have an interactive whiteboard please have it set up so I can display my photos


Make sure the tables are arranged in groups of four or six seats. Please cover all the tables in advance (ideally with plastic sheets). Also please put out some of the art materials on the tables (see below).


I will need 4 children (and an adult if possible) to help me set up from 9.15 to 9.45. The class will need to be out of the room at this time.


Below is a sheet for you to assign the artefact activities to children based on their abilities. Please print this and fill it in before I arrive.


Please arrange for at least three assistants to help the children make the artefacts. The activities are challenging and the more helpers you can get the better. I suggest asking parents to come in in my experience parents always enjoy the activities and feel good about helping the class.


Please ensure the following items are present in the classroom on the day of the visit. Please put out the pencils, scissors, rulers, glue sticks and glue spreaders on the tables in advance.

Table at front of room for my own use, under the whiteboard

1 pair of scissors/child

1 pencil/child

1 glue stick/pair (Pritt sticks ideally)

1 glue spreader/pair

Paper towels

12 rulers

Plastic sheets to cover tables (please do this in advance)

Art overalls (for glue and permanent markers)

6 small containers for glue (do not put glue in these pots I will bring my own)



I will also need a carpet space for the children to sit on (when I show them the artefacts).

Also please have a cheque made out to Time Trips for 279/day ready at the end of my visit.

I look forward to teaching your children about the Anglo-Saxons.

Anglo-Saxon Warfare: Assignment of Craft Activities to Children

All children should be in pairs. If a child is left over they should work on an item with 2 others.

Up to 6 pairs making swords (easiest item)

Up to 8 pairs making shields (moderately difficult)

Up to 4 pairs making helmets (most difficult item)


Anglo-Saxon Day: Assignment of Jewellery Activities to Children

Arranged by difficulty level, for a typical year 5, ranging from 1 (fairly easy) to 6 (very difficult).

Each child will make their own jewellery item except for the most difficult ones, which require a pair as they are large and complicated. If these pairs finish they can make another so they have one each.

You can see photos of the items here.


Difficulty level

Max. number




 gold crosses made from card and red sticky back plastic











 silver foil items from the Fuller brooch










 smaller gold foil jewels










 larger gold foil items








 the Strickland brooch (silver)


(in a pair)




  *only for exceptionally talented children