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St Josephs Primary School, Slate Street, Belfast
Whole School Nativity Tableau - Wed 13th Dec 7pm in St Peter's Cathedral. Please join us. Children should arrive no later than 6.30pm.
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The Vikings have arrived in Slate Street - well P6 to be precise!

29th Sep 2017

The story of the Vikings in Britain is one of conquest, expulsion, extortion and reconquest and is proving to be a fascinating topic of learning over the last month in P6. 

The Viking age in European history was from about AD700 to 1100. During this period many Vikings left their homelands in Scandinavia and travelled by longboat to other countries, like Britain and Ireland.

When the people of Britain first saw the Viking longboats they came down to the shore to welcome them. However, the Vikings fought the local people, stealing from churches and burning buildings to the ground.

The people of Britain called the invaders 'Danes', but they came from Norway and Sweden as well as Denmark.The name 'Viking' comes from a language called 'Old Norse' and means ‘a pirate raid’. People who went off raiding in ships were said to be 'going Viking'. But not all the Vikings were bloodthirsty warriors.

Some came to fight, but others came peacefully, to settle. They were farmers, and kept animals and grew crops. They were skilful at crafting, and made beautiful metalwork and wooden carvings.

Vikings sailed the seas trading goods to buy silver, silks, spices, wine, jewellery, glass and pottery to bring back to their homes.

Congratulations and a big thank you to Katrina and Jack in Year 6 for their amazing Viking Longships. The detail and accuracy put into their projects was truly outstanding.