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A day in the Life of an Anglo-Saxon child

First we thought about all the jobs we do at home to help our parents (lovely to hear so many do jobs to help around the home), then we compared them to jobs we thought Anglo-Saxon children might have done. We thought about how the expectations for children have changed over time - eight year old children were considered to be nearly adults and had to work as hard. Only the very highest born in Anglo-Saxon society went to school.


To help us imagine what it was really like doing some of the jobs we discussed we did several of them in the playground and then wrote diary entries about how it felt. There were some heart-felt paragraphs about how fiddly weaving is and what hard work grinding grain is!

We produced great peices of writing as a result of our activities.