Investigating the Battle of Hastings

Presentations, lesson ideas and activities to explore the Battle of Hastings with your primary and secondary classes

Tes Resources Team

Image Of The Bayeux Tapestry to investigate The Battle Of Hastings in Primary & Secondary classrooms

Engage primary and secondary students with the events of 1066 using these comprehensive resources

The Battle of Hastings, fought on 14 October 1066, is one of the most famous turning points in English history. After a battle lasting over nine hours, William of Normandy and his army defeated the English under King Harold, which allowed William to assume the throne.

To help your primary or secondary class explore the battle that changed the course of history, we’ve hand-picked a selection of resources ranging from introductory overviews to analysis of the Bayeux Tapestry. So, what are you waiting for?

KS1 and KS2 resources

Add a twist to the traditional introductory lesson on the Battle of Hastings by engaging students in exploratory tasks, or uncover more about the key historical figures and events, whilst developing their speaking and listening skills, with fun role-play and debate activities.

Battle of Hastings
vivbarlow

Battle of Hastings

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A power point designed to encourage historical enquiry and thinking skills. Works well with Kagan structures. All three of our KS1 classes have used it and we have been impressed with the level of thinking that it produced. We used it as 3 distinct lessons and got the children to vote for who they t...
What was the Battle of Hastings?
W17

What was the Battle of Hastings?

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LO: To be able to use Primary Sources to explain the events of the Battle of Hastings in 1066. MUST: Know what happened at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and why William won. SHOULD: Be able to use primary sources to explain the reason for William the Conquerors victory at the Battle of Hast...
Battle of Hastings worksheet
sweacpst

Battle of Hastings worksheet

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A basic 'no-frills' comprehension worksheet with key information about the Battle and set of comprehension questions and source questions.
1066 Story Board
alexb87

1066 Story Board

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A brief story board of the events of 1066 including pictures and text description.
Harold Godwinson vs Duke William Debate Lesson
hamdog_

Harold Godwinson vs Duke William Debate Lesson

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This is a lesson designed to explore Harold Godwinson's and Duke William's claim to the English throne in the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The lesson consists of two fact sheets detailing the claims to the throne from the two men. Half of the class will find out informat...
Battle of Hastings
sonnysimpson

Battle of Hastings

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Full lesson on the Battle of Hastings. Starter - recap Stamford Bridge - twitter feed ( Pupils were asked to make tweets the lesson before) 1. Main - Interview worksheet, followed by a BBC history video (link is in PPT) 2\. Main - role play, news broadcast of the battle Plenary - Keyword Bingo...

KS3 and KS4 resources

Whether you want to contextualise the events of 1066 with an introductory lesson, study the contenders to the throne or for a more analytical approach, explore whether Harold lost or William won with detailed study tasks, this collection has it all!

Did Harold lose or did William win?
alainechristian

Did Harold lose or did William win?

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Lesson examining events of the Battle of Hastings and whether Harold lost or William won - pupils encourage to explain what advantages Harold had, how William demonstrated good leadership and the role of bad luck in Harold's defeat.
Why did William win the Battle of Hastings
W17

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings

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LO: Able to use Primary Sources to justify which factor is the most important for explaining William the Conqueror's victory. MUST:Know which factors explain William the Conqueror s victory at Hastings in 1066. SHOULD: Be able to explain each factor with the use of Primary Sources to suppor...
The Battle of Hastings
sparker89

The Battle of Hastings

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Two lessons targeted towards new AQA GCSE (9-1) as part of the Normans unit. Lesson explores who is more prepared before the battle and then goes on to look at the events at the battle and the factors involved with success.
The Battle of Hastings
mrshopehistory

The Battle of Hastings

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New and improved Battle of Hastings lesson - will last beyond one lesson - now includes basic exam technique for new AQA spec GCSE to get the students learning how to answer questions early and make the learning meaningful!

Interpreting the Bayeux Tapestry

Discover the intricacies of the famous primary source with these teaching ideas and lesson presentations, or once the students are clear about the events and chronology, why not engage them in a card sort activity to test their knowledge?