8. How did the Anglo-Saxons write things down?

8. How did the Anglo-Saxons write things down?

A full lesson for KS2 about Anglo-Saxon runes, writing and manuscripts, including a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and pupil resource sheets.


How did the Anglo-Saxons write things down?
In this lesson, pupils will look at the runic alphabet and learn about how writing changed from runes to manuscripts after the Anglo-Saxon conversion to Christianity. Pupils will work in groups to research famous Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and then they will have a go at reading and writing secret messages written in runes.



  • To discover what runes looked like
  • To explore how writing changed during the Anglo-Saxon period
  • To find out about some famous Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

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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