This primary resource shows how exploring artifacts can reveal secrets about the Anglo Saxons and their lifestyle. Discover why and where Anglo Saxon people buried treasure and what these archaeological finds can tell us. What patterns and designs were used on Anglo Saxon jewellery? How was their treasure uncovered?

Pupils will learn about when and where the Anglo Saxons lived and the different items they made in our National Geographic Kids’ Anglo Saxon primary resource sheet.

The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks about evaluating evidence, as a printed handout for each pupil to identify and highlight key facts, or for display on the interactive whiteboard for whole class tasks.

Activity: Ask children to draw the artifacts they can see on the page, or cut them out from their handout, and try to explain how they were made. What materials were used? How have they been put together? Pupils could use craft materials to design their own piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery or weaponry, or write a newspaper report about Terry Herbert’s discovery.

For a fun and engaging overview of this fascinating period in British history, be sure to check out our Anglo Saxon comic: primary resource

N.B. The following information for mapping the resource documents to the school curriculum is specifically tailored to the English National Curriculum and Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. We are currently working to bring specifically tailored curriculum resource links for our other territories; including South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. If you have any queries about our upcoming curriculum resource links, please email:


This History primary resource assists with teaching the following History objectives from the National Curriculum:

  • Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind. 
  • Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

 National Curriculum Key Stage 1 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught significant historical events, people and places in their own locality 

National Curriculum Key Stage 2 History objective:

  • Pupils should be taught about: Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

This History primary resource assists with teaching the following Social Studies Early level objective from the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence:

  • I am aware that different types of evidence can help me to find out about the past

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence First level Social Studies objective:

  • I understand that evidence varies in the extent to which it can be trusted and can use this in learning about the past

 Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Third level Social Studies objective:

  • I can use my knowledge of a historical period to interpret the evidence and present an informed view

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