The Battle of Hastings Workshop
During our highly-engaging workshop, the children will be taken through the battle itself, as well as learn how to fight, learn about the weapons from the time, and even get a chance to handle them too! The highlight of the day is where the children take part in battle formations and tactics - learning how the Normans and Anglo-Saxons fought in battle!
As always, we provide a full day's worth of activities for up to 3 classes.
Workshop leaders: Leigh or Chloe
The day's activities and presentations:
Introduction - The Battle: The children will listen to a presentation, explaining how the battle came about, and detailing all of the key events that happened.
Battle Formation and Tactics: The children will learn how to use the most common weapon on the battlefield, a spear. They will get their own child-friendly spear and shield and learn the commands and actions needed in order to go into battle!
The Weaponry of 1066: The workshop leader will show the children a range of replica weapons from the time and explain how these were used in battle, and why they were chosen. Weapons include: Crossbows, swords, axes, spears, shields, maces, helmets and chainmail.
Norman / Anglo-Saxon Games and Pastimes: The children will learn what the Normans and Anglo-Saxons used to do for fun and enjoyment. They will take part in physical games, board games and competitions.
1066 Weapons Handling: As the title suggests, the children will all get a chance to handle replica weapons from the year 1066. Weapons handled are the ones described in the weaponry session.
Plan the Norman Invasion: Working as a class, the children will have to make decisions on how best to prepare for an invasion from the sea. They will consider things like the finances needed, the resources needed and how many men they will need!
The Legacy: The final session of the day looks at what happened after The Battle of Hastings - how the battle changed the course of this island's future.