But only for the
- We don't know anything
about British schools in the Dark
Ages. British children were
probably taught things in the same way as the Saxons.
- Very few Saxon children
went to school. Most children learnt what they needed to know
from their parents: things like growing food, looking after
animals, cooking, building, making clothes, making tools and
- Only children of very
rich lords or kings had lessons. They were mostly boys, but
there were some girls too.
- Some went to school in monasteries
where they were taught by the monks
(or nuns). Others had private
teachers who taught them at home.
- Some children were
taught to read Latin (and sometimes Greek). In later Saxon
times, they learnt Old English too.
- Reading and writing
wasn't thought to be very important though because there
weren't many books in those
days. It was thought important to have a good memory.
- The most important
lessons were in poetry, history, the Bible, how to hunt and
how to fight with different weapons.
- It wasn't much fun.
There was no playtime and there were often beatings for bad