With Eadgyth and Eadmund the children will learn about the following 3 important factors of survival:

A Banquet
   To the sounds of the harp, the children will sit around a large sheet representing the banquet table. Volunteers will be asked to play the role of 'cup-bearers' and help serve food to the guests. There will be a toast to the assembled company and one lucky child will get to drink from the 'mead-horn'. There may also be some oath-taking.
    Food served will include some of the following: beef jerky (commercially available), 'Oyster Loaf' (a type of meat loaf that includes oysters); jellied eels; a hot vegetable soup; home-made bread; egg custard with fruit and cream; jelly (a type of blancmange made either from oat starch or animal parts).
Getting Dressed
   The children briefly study the evidence for period clothing - photographs of preserved garments, grave plans and goods from excavations and written evidence. Then they split into groups and see if they can identify some reproduction garments based on their evidence to complete a period outfit. Handling and trying on of all garments, accessories and shoes is encouraged, with the children feeling and smelling each garment they collect. The collector of the 'undergarments' is chosen to try on that particular complete outfit!
My House**
   By using evidence from excavations such as West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village; and pictures of the reconstructed houses the children will begin to understand what makes a basic house. Why were houses built of different materials and why were windows not a good idea? They will then be able to have a go at making their own wattle and daub wall (which the school can keep). The wall can be used in further lessons about how materials weather.
Not necessarily in this order
** developed in association with West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.

   Teachers resource pack includes a fact sheet about food, a recipe for one of the foodstuffs tasted; some pictures to colour in and a 'word-fit' quiz about how houses were built.

Key Facts:
'Leechdoms'; Food-rents; Will of Wynflæd; Clothing construction; West Stow excavation report; Comparison with modern food / clothes / housing
Other Topics:
Hospitality; Cultural Traditions; Health & Safety;
Preferred Size:
approx. 30 pupils
7 years upwards
2 hours 15 minutes
£160 (excluding mileage and travel costs)
Rosie and Glenn
ground floor location preferred (heavy/bulky equipment); area large enough for whole group to be active in; outside area for messy clay work; access to hot water for hand-washing; kitchen paper for wiping hands