 starter activity
Harold Hardrada, Harold Godwinson and William the Conqueror are
squaring up for a fight. Who had the greatest advantage? What was
their Achilles heel?
 Key words: housecarl fyrd hauberk cavalry scythe
mace shield wall witan court Pope
How did William win
the Battle of Hastings?
 LOs
To understand the key events
To assess the successes & failures of HG & W
To write a news report
 Your task
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Read the story of the Battle of Hastings your teacher
gives you.
Match a heading to a topic paragraph.
List the reasons why Harold lost and why William won
the battle.
Harold’s failure
William’s success
Reasons for Harold’s failure
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Challenges to throne within weeks of becoming
king
Weak claim
Harold had to defeat Hardrada in North and
then William in South (300 miles away!)
Didn’t rest his troops
Men poorly positioned
Couldn’t control his army
Reasons for William’s success
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Good general
Experienced
Army well-trained & armed
Well supplied
Good weather
Good military strategist
Built castles, e.g. Dover
Brought in reinforcements
 Your task
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Imagine you are a war correspondent for one of the
armies (but don’t tell us which, we must guess) on the
battlefield at Hastings. Write a report on the main
events. Include the following
A description of the different armies
What had happened previous to the battle
The main events of the battle
The conclusion of the fighting
Try to use as much technical & descriptive vocabulary
as you can
 Homework
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Finish and print out a copy of your report
on the battle.
Use ‘Audacity’ on your laptop to record a 30
second section from your report. You may wish
to include sound effects as well. When you have
finished export it as an MP3 file and email it
to me.
 Success criteria
Red
Includes
references to
the main
events of the
battle
Amber
Describes the
background to
the battle, e.g.
William’s
preparations,
Stamford Bridge
as well as the
battle itself
Green
Describes the
background and the
battle, and uses
technical vocabulary,
e.g. hauberk, chain
mail. There is a clear
sense which side this
journalist is writing
from. There is good
descriptive language.
 Key words: housecarl fyrd hauberk cavalry scythe
mace shield wall witan court Pope
How did William win
the Battle of Hastings?
 LOs
To understand the key events
To assess the successes & failures of HG & W
To write a news report
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