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Welcome To Emerald Class Yr 4/5

Term 1 - 1066!



It's probably the most famous date in English history...we're travelling back to 1066!  These are troubled times and there is danger afoot.  A much-loved king is dead and a French Duke has staked a claim for our kingdom.  Not to mention all the other wannabe monarchs!

Discover a changing England, shaped by shires, protected by castles and ruled by foreign knights.  Use the famous Bayeux Tapestry to explore the significant events of 1066.  What happened when, and how did William come to be called the Conqueror?  Are you ready for the Norman invasion?  Then don your armour and watch your back!

Fun Facts

  • The Battle of Hastings actually took place seven miles outside of Hastings.  The town that grew up around the site later became known as Battle.
  • Harold managed to fight off the Viking invasion in the North of England just two days before the Battle of Hastings.  
  • The Domesday Book was mainly written in Latin.
  • William was crowned King on Christmas Day 1066.
  • William was estimated to be about 5'10" which made him quite tall for the time!
  • The Domesday Book is England's earliest public record and is still valid as a legal document as evidence of title to land.
  • Deeply religious views earned Edward the Confessor his nickname.  Westminster Abbey was built on his orders.
  • Harald Hadrada attempted to take the throne by invading the North of England in September 106.  Often recognised by historians as one of the last great Viking kings, he died in the Battle of Stamford Bridge.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry is divided into 50 sections and is almost 70 metres long!
  • The wool yarn used for the Bayeux Tapestry was coloured with vegetable dyes.
  • The famous tapestry was once almost used as a cover for military wagons during the French Revolution.  Luckily, it was rescued and kept safe until the revolution was over.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry shows Harold being shot in the eye with an arrow, while other historical accounts tell of him being charged at and hacked to death.  The arrow in the eye is thought by some to have been deliberate propaganda by King William's court to make it look as if Harold's death was an act of God.
  • The Battle of Hastings was the first in English history in which crossbows were used.
  • William's jester rode by his side into battle, singing songs and juggling to lift the soldiers' spirits.  He was reputedly the first man to be killed in the Battle of Hastings.
  • Halley's Comet famously appeared in the sky just before William's invasion of England.  It was said to be an omen of bad luck for England.  It certainly was for poor Harold!

Term 1 2017 Home Learning - Due Monday, 16th October, 2017

Fancy writing a battle story as part of your home learning?  Want the possibility of winning a medal and a prize for your work?  Enter the English Heritage - Battle Abbey Story Competition!  

Entries will be judged in two categories:
Age up to 9yrs – 200 words
10yrs and above – 500 words

The deadline for sending your story is 00:01, midnight on Sunday 1 October.  Email it with your name, age and contact details to: battle.abbey@english-heritage.org.uk or by post to 1066 Story Competition, Battle Abbey, East Sussex, TN33 0AD

Click HERE for more information!

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