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Viking Runes

Cedars were faced with a new challenge today…to find hidden Viking rune-stones, to work out what letters the rune-symbols represented and then to write their own ‘rune message’.

First task-to find the stones which were hidden throughout the forest school site…

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Next task-to place the rune stones next to the matching wooden symbols…then to turn the wooden symbols over to reveal which letter of the alphabet it was!

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Then the exciting bit…find a way of leaving a Viking message for us to discover at the end of the lesson. Cedars were full of brilliant ideas for this task…look at what they did.

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These two boys decided to make a mud stew! They used the mud to write their Viking names on a wooden board…which they placed into their Viking Longship to show which seat belonged to them. They also made their own clay runes with their initials on.

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There were more signs being made over by the Longship…this time using charcoal from a previous camp-fire. The charcoal was tricky to use, but the boys were determined to keep going and were very proud of their signs…one of which said ‘Viking’ and was placed right at the front near the dragons head.

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In the log circle, clay runes were constructed…one using a leaf stalk to scratch the rune initials into the clay, the other using tiny twigs pressed into the base, to spell out the whole name.

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…and lastly, fabulous large scale runes were made using sticks and feathers. These runes spelled out names, initials and the word ‘Viking’.

Cedars really enjoyed sharing their ideas and work with the rest of their class, and it was lovely to hear them all congratulate and praise one another’s efforts. And after creating such great messages, Cedars were able to work out the message Mrs. Smith left for them-

Next week, would you like to make a _ _ _ _!

…can you see what it is?

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Cedars-I’ve given you all a rune sheet…can you take it home and make a message with someone in your family? Please write back and tell me what word you made…

2 Responses to “Viking Runes”

  1. Jayden says:

    i looked at some words at home and it was fun looking at words in the forest.

    • Deb Smith says:

      Well done Jayden. That’s great to hear. Your clay runes are dry now so you’ll be able to take them home to explain to your family…I wonder if they will understand them?!

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