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KS2 History and D&T Lesson Plan – Design and Build a Viking Longboat

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Years 3-6

Use questioning and trial and error to fire imaginations and hone innovation skills, says Adam Parkhouse…

The era of the Vikings is such a rich strand of the history curriculum, and one of my favourite subject areas to teach.

There’s such depth wherever you look: from the compelling mythology to the lasting impact they had on modern-day Britain.

This lesson focuses on the famous Viking longboat, renowned for its sleek design and speed in the water, and brings an opportunity to add design and technology into your history lessons.

It doesn’t even need a water feature to work – your desks and floors will become the treacherous north seas to explore.

What they’ll learn

  • About the design and shape of Viking longboats
  • How sails have been used to power travel on water in different cultures
  • To use trial and error to get a better result
  • How to evaluate the impact of changes to a design

KS2 History and D&T Lesson Plan – Design and Build a Viking Longboat
PrimaryDesign & TechnologyHistory

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