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Battle of Hastings Re-enactment

On Monday 14th October, Year 1 and 2 children commemorated the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings with a rousing re-enactment!  Year 1 children took on the role of Norman invaders under the leadership of William of Normandy, while Year 2 children stoically defended Harold Godwinson and their country as the Anglo Saxons.  


Prior to the battle, children all designed and created their own, unique shield.  Anglo Saxon shields were circular in shape, while the Norman army had more of a teardrop design.  Children paid particular attention to the requirements of heraldry and included details about themselves and their army in their designs.  


All of the children were throughly immersed in their roles, taking this historical storytelling very seriously.  Fantastic, KS1!

Edward the Confessor before his death.
William of Normandy making his declaration.
Battle of Stamford Bridge against Harold Hardrada.
Harold Godwinson's army marches to Hastings.
William’s army prepares to set sail for England.
Crossing the English Channel.

Crossing the English Channel

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The Anglo Saxons’ impenetrable shield wall.
Let the battle commence!
The final stand!
Harold receives an arrow in the eye!
William is crowned king on Christmas Day 1066.
All hail, King William!