Investigating the Battle of Hastings

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

Sian Evans

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?

Primary resources

Add a twist to the traditional introductory lesson by engaging budding detectives with this overview presentation, designed as a top-secret case file. Once they have grasped the basics, encourage young learners to role-play the key events of the battle in this news broadcast challenge.

Uncover more about the key historical figures with this enquiry lesson, in which the class vote for who would have been the best king, before finding out how events unfolded. Or, why not compare Harold Godwinson’s and Duke William's claims to the throne with this debate activity? This is a perfect way of developing speaking and listening skills with their peers.

 

1066 - Battle of Hastings Fact File
SJCampbell

1066 - Battle of Hastings Fact File

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A PowerPoint containing key information on the Battle of Hastings, including events leading up to it, presented as a 'Top Secret' case file, with side-by-side comparisons of the Normans and Anglo-Saxons. Ideal to use at the start of the topic. There is only sound on the 2nd slide.
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...
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...
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...

Secondary resources

Contextualise the events of 1066 with this introductory lesson, in which learners analyse the three contenders to the throne. Alternatively, study what happened during the battle by using this cartoon strip outline as a creative way to engage students with the day's chronological events.

For a more analytical approach, explore whether Harold lost or William won with this detailed lesson that looks at the battlefield, leadership skills and elements of luck. And, take the opportunity to examine primary sources when discussing victory with this presentation.

 

Battle of Hastings cartoon strip outline
hsw202

Battle of Hastings cartoon strip outline

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My students created a cartoon strip detailing the events during the Battle of Hastings . I encouraged them to include as much blood and gore as they wanted. Might save somebody a little bit of time/ provide an idea for a cover lesson.
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...

Interpreting the Bayeux Tapestry

Discover the intricacies of the famous primary source using this comprehensive resource pack, full of varied teaching ideas to unpack the information it contains. Plus, look in even more detail at how difficult it has been for historians to interpret the events and key figures in the tapestry with this lesson.  

Check understanding with this easy-to-use card sort activity, which allows pupils to match captions to visual scenes from the tapestry. Once students are clear about the events and chronology, use this in-depth lesson to get learners designing their own piece of the tapestry in groups.

 

Teaching History with 100 Objects - Britain's Bayeux Tapestry
TheBritishMuseum

Teaching History with 100 Objects - Britain's Bayeux Tapestry

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The original Bayeux tapestry is a 70-metre strip of embroidered linen made in the AD 1070s. It tells a version of the events of AD 1064 - 66, including the death of Edward the Confessor and the Battle of Hastings. This faithful replica of the tapestry was made by 35 skilled women embroiderers so tha...
Bayeux Tapestry Card Sort Activity for 1066
Roy Huggins

Bayeux Tapestry Card Sort Activity for 1066

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This great little resource / puzzle is designed to help develop students' knowledge of the events in 1066 from the Norman perspective by getting them to match the captions with the scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry. This outstanding story boarding activity will also give students the opportunity to di...
The Bayeux Tapestry- facts, some events, and group task
gazza1979

The Bayeux Tapestry- facts, some events, and group task

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Looking on TES I did't see the lesson I was after..so here's my own. It is a lesson that looks at key facts about the tapestry, then explore some of the events of the tapestry, and then gets pupils working in groups to create their own part of the tapestry too. It was designed to be used after pup...