The Battle of Hastings
The spring term began with our next creative curriculum topic: The Battle of Hastings. Once the children had listened to the basic details of the battle, they were eager to launch into action and act out this historic event albeit in slow motion! Each group took their roles very seriously and produced some very effective freeze-frames to highlight the key stages of the battle. It was a memorable afternoon with plenty of enjoyment and learning.
A debate about who should be King of England was followed by a vote. It was an excellent opportunity for the children to practice their oracy skills. Some children were the candidates: Harold Godwinson, Harald Hardrada and Duke William of Normandy whilst the other pupils played the members of the Witan – the ruling council. It was a difficult choice to make because the candidates spoke with great conviction; however, the successful candidate was Zanetta Erhahon who convinced the majority of the Witan that she was the rightful ruler.
To conclude this topic, the children designed and then sewed a bookmark with varying degrees of success! This linked with the Bayeux Tapestry which they also re-created with card in their Art lessons. These beautiful works of art are now on permanent display in the corridor by Mr Lynch’s office.