In our topic work, we have focused our learning on the Normans. We looked at the problems caused by the death of King Edward the Confessor, and debated as a class on who we thought should be the new rightful King of England. We collected our own research on the most famous battle in this era, ‘The Battle of Hastings’, before creating a storyboard to retell the battle. The class discovered that William of Normandy won the battle when it is believed Harold of Wessex was shot in eye with an arrow.
We have researched the type of castle that became commonplace in England during these times (Motte and Bailey Castle) and we have also researched the type of weapons used in the Battle of Hastings by different soldiers.