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Year 7 - 1066 The Battle of Hastings

Half Term 2: The Battle of Hastings (1066)

Many people would say the Battle of Hastings is one of the most significant events in English history.  It marks the end of the Anglo – Saxon and the beginning of the Medieval periods in history.

Week 1

The King of England, Edward the Confessor, died in 1066.  Edward had no children.  This led to a number of people thinking that they should be the next king of England.  Students will examine the claims of the different people who thought they should be king before deciding who they think was the best candidate.

Weeks 2 & 3

Students will use a variety of resources to learn about the Battle of Hastings which took place between William of Normandy and Harold Godwineson.  They will be expected to know about the events leading up to the battle as well as the battle itself.

Weeks 4 & 5

Students will be getting ready to answer the assessment question, ‘Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?’


Students are expected to be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the Battle of Hastings and the events leading up to it and be able to describe, analyse and evaluate the reasons why William won.

Weeks 6 & 7

After the Battle of Hastings William of Normandy or William the Conqueror went on to take over the whole of England.  Students will be taught about the changes that the Normans made to England.  The Normans went round building castles which had not been seen before in England.  They spoke a different language the legacy of which is still with us today.  They also introduced a new system for ruling the country, feudalism.  

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To do

To Read

To Visit

The Battle of Hastings battle field in Battle, Surrey.

To watch

If you wish to contact the Head of History by email, please address your email to:admin@gaynes.havering.sch.uk and mark it for the attention of the Head of History.

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