Discover 1,350 years of history at Ripon Cathedral...

KS1 Anglo Saxon Hidden Treasure

A hands-on fun workshop looking at real treasure, walking down ancient hidden passage-ways, discovering who was Wilfrid and why he chose to build a stunning stone Church in Ripon that would amaze everyone who saw it.

Looking at our own Ripon Jewel – what does this treasure tell us about the Anglo Saxons? Who was Wilfrid and what does the oldest Anglo-Saxon Crypt in England dating back to 672AD tell us about him?

Enjoy a practical activity designing and making your own Ripon Jewel.

History – develop an awareness of the past

-How did people live in the past?

Science  – identify a variety of everyday materials and precious stones

Art and Design – use a range of materials creatively

SMSC – respond to cultural opportunities outside the classroom

Amazing Anglo-Saxons KS 2

Develop through historical writing – what did I learn from this artefact?

Why was the Crypt built in 672AD so important to St Wilfrid? What do the stones reveal about the Anglo Saxons? Solve an Anglo-Saxon riddle.

Look at a real Anglo-Saxon artefact, design and make your own Anglo- Saxon Jewel and have a go at illuminating a manuscript Anglo-Saxon style.

KS2 Curriculum links


-Who were the men and women who helped shape society as we know it today?

-Learn about an aspect of Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons; The Anglo-Saxon period lasted for 600 years from 410 until 1066 and in that time Britain’s political landscape underwent many changes. We will focus on 7th Century developments with the birth of Wilfrid in 633AD until his death in 709AD.

Geography- types of settlement and land use

Design Technology – analysing a range of existing products

English – using spoken language to describe and enquire

SMSC- learning about the world around them and the impact of faith on our local history.

History KS3/4 Making connections

Wilfrid  – what if?

Looking at what Wilfrid achieved and why he is such a significant historical figure of the 7th century. What if he hadn’t been successful at the Synod of Whitby? Why was building a stone Church in Ripon so important? What do we learn from looking at Wilfrid’s Gospel manuscripts – what kind of statement did they make?

Why are sheep significant in medieval politics and social networking?

Can you solve an Anglo-Saxon riddle?

Listen to the Lord’s Prayer in Anglo-Saxon.

Visiting our ancient building enables pupils to immerse themselves in our past and discover more about significant events, people and changes.

Making history relevant.

Curriculum links KS3/4

SMSC – opportunities for BIG questions and debate

Art and Design – to improve mastery of techniques using pen and ink. Contrasting and comparing Lindisfarne manuscripts to the Codex Amiatinus.

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