We made the above papier mache map, not to scale (measuring about 3 meters by 2 meters) whilst we were studying the Anglo-Saxons (see here for how). However, I knew we would be using it for the Vikings, Middle Ages and very possibly beyond, making it a good investment in terms of time and effort (it cost very little in money!).
Last week it made it’s third outing as a tool for visually narrating the events leading up to 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. I collected a pile of knights in two different colours, some horses, boats and labels of all the areas we would be covering. The map was laid on the table. I asked one child to narrate what happened after Harold was crowned the new King of England. The other two had to then arrange all the props to show this pictorally. They took it in turns narrating one scene at a time:
I then photocopied the photos and narrations to make them into notebook pages to pop in their Middle Ages file:
All in all, a very effective way of narrating quite complex history!