A Child’s History of England is a work by Charles Dickens. It first appeared in serial form in Household Words, running from January 25, 1851 to December 10, 1853.
Dickens dedicated the book to “My own dear children, whom I hope it may help, bye and bye, to read with interest larger and better books on the same subject”.
The history covered the period between 50 BC and 1689, ending with a chapter summarising events from then until the accession of Queen Victoria.
Chapter 1 – Ancient England Under the Early Saxons
The second chapter and Study Pack is available now. This chapter looks at the period between the withdrawal of the Romans through to the Saxon invasion and establishment of the Saxon heptarchy. It ends with the death of Ethelred, Saxon king of Wessex.
I am producing a series of video English lessons, one per chapter, with associated Study Packs in a similar way to how Dickens originally published this work.
The Study Packs can be found at Britlish.
The study pack contains two podcasts. One at full speed and the other at half-speed to help with your listening skills and your pronunciation.
The study pack also contains word games using vocabulary from this chapter. These include 3 crossword puzzles and 3 wordsearch puzzles, which can be used by yourself or in the classroom.
The word games are themed by places, people, and vocabulary in this chapter.
I have also included an interactive timeline for the chapter.
This can be opened on your computer or any device, and will allow you to fully understand the sequence of events that Dickens covered in this chapter.