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Resources for Schools

Downloadable resources for use in the classroom or at home

These resources have been created by the Institute for Name-Studies at the University of Nottingham. They have been designed with Key Stage 2 pupils in mind, but could be appropriate for younger children, with some supervision. Most files are available as PDFs - please contact us if you would rather have them in PowerPoint presentation format.

We welcome any feedback that will help us to make improvements - please email Susan Kilby at We'd also love to see pictures of your creations, which, if you like, we can post on our website for others to see!

1. Shropshire Hills and Mountains

The Anglo-Saxons had an extensive vocabulary to describe hills and mountains. Find out why that was by building 3D models of four Shropshire hills and mountains. This exciting resource pack provides downloadable instructions, mountain templates and images of the hills, so that you can see what you're constructing. All you'll need is a printer, paper, cardboard, scissors and glue! Have fun!

Lesson Plan: Shropshire Hills and Mountains

Stottesdon Contour Map

Heath Mynd Contour Map

Wentnor Contour Map

View Edge Contour Map

Images: Shropshire Hills and Mountains

Model: Heath Mynd

Model: Wentnor

2. Shropshire Animals, Past and Present

Lots of Shropshire place-names reveal the presence of animals, birds, fish and insects in the Anglo-Saxon landscape. Some of these may surprise you, as they are no longer found in Great Britain. This exciting resource pack provides downloadable instructions alongside a set of Anglo-Saxon animal flashcards. All you'll need is a printer and paper - a laminator would be useful, but is not essential. Have fun!

Module Plan: Shropshire Animals, Past and Present

Shropshire Animals Flashcards


3. Human Geography: Work in Medieval Shropshire

Because place-names are often hundreds of years old, they can tell us all sorts of things about the medieval world. This cross-curricular resource pack focuses on work in Shropshire, and includes downloadable instructions for a series of exercises, three sets of flashcards, and a map of work-related Shropshire place-names. This module looks at Shrewsbury street-names as well as Shropshire place-names, and helps children to reconstruct the human geography of Shropshire's medieval past. 

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Flashcards: Modern Occupations

RS Map 3: Medieval Jobs in Shropshire

Flashcards: Shrewsbury Street-Names

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Module Plan: Work

in Medieval


Flashcards: Goods

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4. Encountering Anglo-Saxon Shropshire

Many of the names of Shropshire's villages, towns and cities were originally created by the Anglo-Saxons. They provide us with an exciting resource for understanding how the Anglo-Saxons visualised Shropshire. This cross-curricular resource pack allows children to look at Shropshire through the eyes of the Anglo-Saxons, and includes downloadable instructions for a series of exercises, alongside accompanying maps and a place-name themed game of Snap! This fun module encourages children to think about Shropshire's settlement by the Anglo-Saxons, to describe key aspects of human geography, and to develop the skills needed to communicate geographical data through maps.


Module Plan: Encountering Anglo-Saxon Shropshire

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Map Two

Map Icons

Place-Name Snap

Places and their Names

5. Living with Rivers in Medieval Shropshire

This resource pack combines aspects of English, History, Geography, Science, Art and Design and Design and Technology, using medieval river- and place-names to understand the importance of rivers in the history of human settlement. Looking at Shropshire rivers - in particular the River Severn - this module will help students to explore the human geography of river valleys, and to think about human interactions with and responses to major landscape features.

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Module Plan: Living with Rivers in Medieval Shropshire

6. Who Lived Here? Migration in Shropshire's Past

This resource pack combines aspects of Citizenship, English, History, Geography, Maths and Art and Design to understand historical migration into Shropshire. Assessing more than 1,500 years of the county's history, this module uses place-names to assess who lived in Shropshire in the past: where did people come from, and what languages did they speak? From the Britons to the Normans, this lesson pack helps children to think about the diverse origins of Shropshire's population. A range of sources, including place-names, maps and medieval documents will help them to build a rich picture of Shropshire's historical inhabitants. The pack will also give the children in your class the opportunity to become Norman knights arriving in eleventh-century Shropshire!


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Module Plan: Migration in Shropshire's Past

Supporting Slides: Migration in Shropshire's Past

Play the Game: Shropshire's New Norman Knights

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