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Anglo Saxons and Christianity | January 15, 2015

learning to write with quills
The children learning to write with quills.

This half term year four are learning about Anglo Saxons and Christianity. We were very lucky to have a visit from Durham University to support us in our learning of this. They brought with them a replica of the Lindisfarne Gospels which represents the pinnacle of achievement of Anglo-Saxon Northumbrian art at the end of the 7th Century. The book was produced for ceremonial use as well as a representation of the splendour of God’s word and the Christian religion.

We learned how to use a quill to write in Latin, and we also made our own Celtic Knots which decorated the many ‘carpet pages’ of the book. We particularly enjoyed using drama to understand iconography. We studied replica Anglo Saxon objects from the museum and wrote about them and what they were used for. These included weapons, items from the home, games, crafts and even a replica of the famous helmet found inside a ship at Sutton Hoo.

children dressed as monks
The children dressed as monks.

We re-enacted the journey of the monks from Lindisfarne as they fled from Danish invasion, taking with them Cuthbert’s body and the Lindisfarne Gospels, the book that was written in his honour. The book travelled all over the North East of England before settling at Dun Holm, which is now the site of Durham Cathedral.

children with the Lindisfarne Gospels replica
Children with the Lindisfarne Gospels replica.