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950 years on – King Harold makes a comeback!

On Friday 4th November, Year 7 History pupils re-enacted the Battle of Hastings, an event which took place just over 950 years ago. The pupils had a wonderful time ‘fighting’ each other which their homemade shields and cardboard swords. Led by King Harold (Mr Pender) and William of Normandy (Mr Arman), the pupils really got into the tactics of battle. The whole day’s events were supported by re-enactor Kevin Hicks of the History Squad who was able to brief the pupils and direct affairs. As a result, the pupils were able to consider through this role play how Harold may have won especially if he had employed different tactics on the day, but as usual William’s clever method of breaking the shield wall proved decisive. But more importantly, the pupils will long remember what happened on this important day in history because of the fun and excitement of playing a part in this mock battle.

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