Contents

THE VIKINGS

'A VIKING AT DRUMSHEE'

Worksheet 1

Dark Ages
in
Europe/Golden Age in Ireland

TIMELINE

Century

10 AD

Weapons & Armour

Read & Write
(chapter 1)


1 What did the Vikings wear on their heads in battle?



2  What did they wear to protect their bodies in battle?



3 What was the name of the Vikings' favourite weapon?



4 Name three other weapons mentioned in chapter 1



5  What do you think a throwing spear was like?

Draw...!

Draw a picture of a Viking helmet

Fact File

Vikings had shields, swords, battle-axes.

On their heads they wore helmets - with an iron nose-piece to protect the front of the face. For ceremonies they wore great horns on top of the helmets.

Some Vikings wore 'coats of mail' - rather like a coat knitted from metal string. These were very heavy and awkward to wear, but they could save a life.

Explore...!

Go with a parent or your class to The Viking Experience in Christchurch in Dublin.

Try to draw some pieces of Viking armour.

Make a cardboard model of a helmet.

Imagine......!


Write a description of a battle between the Vikings and the Irish. Who is going to win - and how?


Describe the training of a boy in a Viking settlement. He has to learn to fight. How will he practise? Write down some exercises for him to do everyday.