A series of smart tasks, rather than a full outstanding lesson.

The first part of this two part session looks at how it happened, the second at how we know. The early part asks pupils to grasp the narrative of events within a timeline from Roman times to the start of the 8th century which they consolidate by sequencing events. They then consider the speed and extent of the change to Christianity. In the second part, pupils work collaboratively to interrogate a range of sources to see which ones historians use to substantiate the statements they make. Great ideas for differentiation ensure that there is just the right amount of challenge and support for individuals to make good progress with their learning.

How did people’s lives change when Christianity came to Britain and how can we be sure? Anglo-Saxons KQ3

Augustine facing King Ethelbert and his Queen, Bertha ©Look and Learn

Learning objectives

  • Pupils learn about paganism and the return of Christianity;
  • they can sequence the main events in the conversion story, linking it to the present (e.g. the leading archbishop is the Archbishop of Canterbury rather than, say, London);
  • they can cite evidence of Saxon Christianity such as monasteries, early
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