Viking primary resource: Old Norse Gods
Explore Norse mythology and Viking religious beliefs
This primary resource introduces children to Viking religion and Old Norse gods. Discover more about Norse mythology. What did the Vikings believe in? How did they honour their gods?
Pupils will learn about the home life of Viking citizens, the different beliefs that the Viking’s held and how they worshipped their gods and goddesses in our National Geographic Kids’ Vikings primary resource sheet.
The teaching resource can be used in study group tasks for furthering children’s knowledge of Viking myths that they may have already heard of (e.g. gods such as Thor and Loki, or goddesses such as Freya and Hel). The resource sheet could also be used as a printed handout for each pupil to review and annotate, or for display on the interactive whiteboard for class discussion.
Activity: Ask children to choose one of the Viking gods / goddesses from the resource sheet and use the information provided to write their own myth or short story featuring their chosen god. In pairs or groups, pupils could be assigned a letter and given a dictionary to try and find words beginning with that letter that are derived from Old Norse (see resource sheet for identifying Old Norse words).
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