2. Why did the Anglo-Saxons want to settle in Britain?

A full lesson for KS2 about the Anglo-Saxons settling in Britain, including a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and pupil resource sheets.


Why did the Anglo-Saxons want to settle in Britain?
In this lesson pupils learn the difference between invading and settling. They explore some of the key reasons the Anglo-Saxons wanted to settle in Britain, looking at push and pull factors. Pupils will then write a letter from British King Vortigern to persuade a group of Anglo-Saxons to move to Britain.


  • To understand the terms ’invaders’ and ‘settlers’
  • To explain some of the reasons the Anglo-Saxons wanted


The lesson plan includes differentiation ideas to adapt the activities for the needs of your class.


This lesson is part of the KS2History Anglo-Saxons Planning Pack for KS2.


  • File Formats

    1 x PDF File (lesson plan and pupil resource sheets)

    1 x Powerpoint (whiteboard slides)


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