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Activities on the Norman Conquest

Why was William able to invade England in 1066?

A short-role play explaining how events in northern France affected William’s chances of invading England

Understanding the English Succession: 1051-1066

An activity providing an overview of the changing possibilities regarding the English succession in 1066

Nationalities and Family Connections: 1066

A short activity explaining some of the links between England, Normandy and Denmark

The Battle of Hastings: Decisions on the Spur of the Moment? (Groan)

Recreate the battle and help your students understand why the Normans won

The Events of 1066. Could it have ended differently?

Create a map of England, walk your pupils through key decisions and see how their chronicles match up to the real thing. (Don't forget the hair dryer!)

Je Suis le Roi. What happened after 1066?

Rebellions, castle-building, changes in land ownership, Danish invasions, the Harrying of the North and William getting angry in French – c'est magnifique

The York coin hoards c.1066-1069 – raw material for intriguing lesson introductions

Information and ideas for using coin hoards to introduce the Norman impact on the north

‘Efficient and ingenious.’ Why is that an accurate description of the Domesday Survey and Norman government?

Can students come up with a good way of collecting the information the king needs?

What does Domesday Book reveal about the impact of 20 years of Norman rule?

Use extracts from Domesday Book to research the effects of the Conquest

The Impact of the Normans: A Character Cards Activity

Students use information about a wide range of Saxons and Normans to explore the extent of the impact of 1066

Changes and Continuities: The Impact of the Norman Conquest

A physical, involving and very clear way into the nebulous business of assessing consequences. We're hanging out the consequences on a washing line!

Why did William want to conquer England?

Your chance to play William – can you pupils sort out your motives?

The Riccall Mystery – how do we carry out historical enquiries?

Start with an imaginary excavation, finish by understanding vital ideas about enquiry. A lively and involving introduction to the process of historical enquiry

What’s Under the Sheet?

Puzzle and intrigue! A mysterious way to help students sum up a topic, exemplified by the Norman Conquest.

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Period Resources


Pre 1066

Norman Conquest

Middle Ages



1900 & After


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