What can we learn about Viking settlement from a study of place-name endings? Vikings Key Question 5

Viking place name evidence

A very active session in which pupils apply their knowledge of Viking place name endings to look for settlement patterns, using maps of Lincolnshire and the York area, before going on to critique a 45 second film on the subject and then outlining what else could be said in an additional 45 seconds.

Learning objectives

  • Pupils can locate places with different Viking endings on modern maps;
  • pupils are able to detect patterns of occupation using suffixes, and the more able can use prefixes too;
  • the more able can grasp that the Vikings simply changed Saxon town/village names by adding a suffix and go on to distinguish between Roman, Saxon and Viking names drawing on prior learning and broader chronological awareness.

Step 1

Slide 2 shows how place name endings changed over time from Roman through Saxon to Viking. This helps not only to remind pupils of the importance of place name endings to historians studying settlement patterns but also reinforces chronological awareness.

Step 2

Now focus on the Viking place name endings, starting with the 4 best known shown on slide 3. Slides 4 and 5 reinforce the sheer scale of the Viking presence in the

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