On 14th October 1066 one of the most famous events in British history took place: the Battle of Hastings. The invading Norman forces of William Duke of Normandy clashed with Harold Godwineson’s Saxon army in a day of bloody fighting, ultimately resulting in the Norman Conquest of England.

This half term Year 7 pupils have investigated the background to the battle, including creating their own shields before re-enacting the battle to learn about the reasons for the Norman victory. How important were the Saxon weaknesses at the start of the fighting? How significant was William’s leadership? What role did luck play?


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