Video: A Young Persons guide to the Battle of Hastings
The Battle of Hastings was one of the most important turning points in English History. It saw the Norman Duke, William, defeat and kill Harold II. The history of the battle itself is a popular and well resourced area. Pupils, often in Year 7, enjoy learning about the invasion fleet, battle and the aftermath. Illustrations from the Bayeux Tapestry illuminate the events of the day. The various theories about the actual cause of Harold’s death provide mystery.
This video provides an overview of the events at the Battle of Hastings. It is designed for younger viewers and as such is an ideal introduction to lessons about the battle.
For lessons on the Norman Invasion we recommend video starters such as this one on William the Conqueror which provides an engaging overview of the conquest via music and images from the tapestry. Teachers can find other resources on the Norman Invasion here.