This History primary resource gives pupils an overview of the Anglo-Saxon period in British History. When did the Anglo-Saxons come to Britain? How did these Germanic tribes spread their power? What kingdoms did the Anglo-Saxons create?

Pupils will learn about the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain, and the changes and influences they brought with them.

The teaching resource can be used as an introduction to, and overview of, the Anglo-Saxons. It can be used 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 the children to use the information in the comic and their own research to draw a map of Anglo Saxon Britain, marking of the counties and who lived there (i.e. ‘Angles’, ‘West Saxons’, etc.). Pupils could research the mythical tale of King Arthur and make their own comic strip telling this story.


To learn about the amazing archaeological discoveries from this important period in British history, check out our Anglo Saxons 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
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality.



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

  • Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum


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

  • I can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.


  • I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence 


  • I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences 


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Third level Social Studies objective:

  • I can explain why a group of people from beyond Scotland settled here in the past and discuss the impact they have had on the life and culture of Scotland.


  • I can describe the factors contributing to a major social, political or economic change in the past and can assess the impact on people’s lives.


  • I can discuss the motives of those involved in a significant turning point in the past and assess the consequences it had then and since.


Scottish Curriculum for Excellence Fourth level Social Studies objective:


  • I can make reasoned judgements about how the exercise of power affects the rights and responsibilities of citizens by comparing a more democratic and a less democratic society.


  • I have investigated a meeting of cultures in the past and can analyse the impact on the societies involved.


  • I can assess the impact for those involved in a specific instance of the expansion of power and influence in the past.


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