We studied the Battle of 1066 using the Bayeux Tapestry as our starting point. I knew the children had a good grasp of the battle as we had been to see a re enactment on the hill the original battle was fought on. I didn’t feel much teaching was required. It was important that the children understood that although the tapestry was a primary source of evidence it was bias, having been created for the Normans to celebrate their victory over the English.
We had a fabulous book as a starting point, and for children even younger than mine I would highly recommend it:
In addition this website is incredible and we made full use of it!
First I had the children work their way through each of the pages on the contents page of the website above, after which they were allowed to go onto the activities page. I asked them to have a bit of fun creating their own Bayeux Tapestry. The children had a ball and asked to do this again and again. I also downloaded and printed this exercise in matching the scenes with a precise description of the scene, which they then had to put into the correct order:
And the finished product:
I had a couple of DVD’s which covered 1066 and the Bayeux Tapestry which they watched and narrated to me afterwards:
Last week (when we did this study) I had a baby who was crying almost constantly so we didn’t get all the activities done that I’d planned. For example I had asked the children to choose a simple picture to replicate from the tapestry and I had our embroidery rings, material and thread all ready. It was not to be. I am thankful that we will be revisiting at some point and embroidery is a great thing to do during a fun revisiting week!