Mr Krawczyk /Miss McTiernan’s class were in the LRC to start their Viking research. We discussed the Viking influence on Scottish placenames and language (including the days of the week) and pupils described the Vikings as murderers and berserkers but also pointed out that they must have been intelligent because they had explored Greenland and America and had built such fantastic ships.
(And this is also my favourite Viking research class because they already knew the Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets 🙂 )
Each group split up the different tasks between them and started to look through the books and websites and artefacts from the Education Resource Service.
One popular Viking activity was playing a game called hnefatafl. It’s a tactical game a wee bit like chess. The black pieces protect the king who has to try to escape off one of the corners of the board. The white pieces try to capture him.
You capture pieces by moving yours on either side. The king can only be captured if he is surrounded on four sides. Once the king is captured, the game is over. You can only move horizontally and vertically, not diagonally.