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
  • Where ancient objects are found. (Sometimes in the most surprising places!)
  • There will be some opportunities for dressing as an Anglo-Saxon warrior


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.


Contact for Early Years, Key Stage 1 & 2 programmes:
Clare Coleman, Education Officer: Early Years to Key Stage 2
Tel: +44 (0)1865 288077 
Email: clare.coleman@ashmus.ox.ac.uk